Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cheating is a significant problem in private and public schools all over the world. The question is why is cheating such a common action and why do students feel the need to copy someone else's work? Well, there is multiple situations that lead to cheating. What is the ideal punishment for cheating? Should punishments be harsher to prevent cheating? Cheating can lead to suspension, automatic zero, or at home discipline (law.lawyers.com, 2017). Those punishments may not be enough to really scare kids into not cheating, maybe an automatic fail in the class or expulsion is enough. Expulsion can be argued that it is too harsh, but some people would agree that this is a fit punishment.

On the other hand, punishments for cheating are already harsh enough as is and do not need to be changed. I know an automatic 0 in a class off the bat is very hard to recover from, not from personal experience, but from another source. Also, mistakes are made and kicking a kid out of class on the first offense is pushing it a little bit. It is important to have an open mind when you are having a conversation with your child and make sure you hear their side of the story. If you don't and just start taking away privileges without talking, your child might just go back to his or her old ways and that is what you were trying to avoid from the start (Lisa A. Goldstein, noodle.com, 2017).

In my opinion, I think the punishments for cheating now are enough as is. There shouldn't be a strip of lisense law or automatic expulsion from school that is extra. If a child wants to cheat I, honestly, would let them cheat. They can figure out that you won't be able to cheat your way at a certain point in your life and eventually fail. If it got way out of hand then I would take action to an automatic fail or something.

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