Cheating is becoming more and more common in schools everyday. To prevent this, harsher punishments need to be laid out. If harsher punishments were given to students caught cheating then it wouldn't be as common. According to an article titled, "Cheating at School," (unknown author and date), "...a student who's willing to cheat in grade school is likely to cheat in high school. A high school student who cheats may continue cheating in college." Even if you are caught cheating on a simple spelling test in grade school, you are now more likely to cheat on somthing more important later on. If there were harsher punishments for said cheating, such as, expulsion, failing the class, etc., then students would be less likely to cheat early on.
Although cheating is definitely not something you should do some people also believe strengthening the punishment for it in schools would not be wise. Many teachers and administrations of school distrcits believe that just a failed grade for the assignment they cheated on is necessary. "A course is something a kid needs to graduate, so a second chance is appropriate," said Doug Graney in an article titled, 'Students Can Often Cheat Their Punishment,' written in 2001. If the student fails the whole class they will not graduate until they pass it. So, a simple failed grade for that assignment would lower their grade enough where they realize the consequences of their actions.
When it comes to cheating, I believe that there should not be harsher punishments for it. Cheating may be getting worse, but that could just be because teachers are not giving their students the right lessons on how to cite their sources. If teachers were doing that then students would not be cheating they would be creating their own work, and simply using other resources to back their information up. For example, here at Bettendorf High School, we have a no cheating policy, but our teachers are always showing us how to cite our sources in order to prevent this. Also, when it comes to cheating on tests, students would not feel the need to cheat if they knew exactly what material was going to be on the test, and had tools to review it. Overall, I do not think we should have harsher punishments towards cheating in school.