Some people think that its just easier to cheat rather than to pay attention in school. I am in favor of harsher punishments if students are caught cheating, because it is not fair for students to do all the hard work in a class and the credit just go to someone else. In 1998, a national survey found that 4 out of 5 top students admitted to cheating at some point.(Cromwell.educationworld.2006)
In some circumstances it might be okay to not necessarily cheat, but write down a clue to help you remember better. According to ABC news, "We need to promote integrity. We need to get students to understand why integrity is important as opposed to policing dishonesty and then punishing that dishonesty because that can beat the system ."(mccabe.abc.2014) I sort of agree with what he said because students do need to be punished for their actions, but if they're just writing down equations or a key word it may be exceptional.
I personally think that cheating is not okay. Whether you're cheating off of the internet, or you're cheating off of another student, it is still not right. There needs to be a harsher punishment for the kids who cheat and teachers need to monitor it better while students are testing. I think it would be necessary for teachers to give the student a 0 on the test if caught cheating, and if it happens again, a harsher punishment needs to be put in play.