Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cheating Punishments

One argument in favor of giving out harsher punishments for cheaters in school is that harsher punishments will always make students think twice before cheating. At our school if you are caught cheating on a test for the first time, then all you get is a 0% on that test. Which for most kids would be terrible to their grade, but a lot of people still do it and making the punishment harsher, like failing the course would definitely make the number of kids cheating go down. In a survey done by Rutgers University 95% of high school students from 70 high schools admitted to cheating in some form (Jonah Lehrer, plagirism.org, 2014). Harsher punishments will definitely lower that number which is way too high in the first place.

One argument against harsher punishments for cheating in school is that kids do make mistakes and one mistake should not give a kid a failed course. Others think that cheating is not that big of a deal and that students need to value there actual learning over grades and test scores. Once the students and colleges value this, harsh punishments won't be needed. Many people think that harsh punishments for cheating discourage students from learning. "Also, it affects students badly because it leads to a break in educational progress of students" (Hammadi, linkedin, 2015). Harsh punishments will discourage students from learning and prevent them from getting a better education.

I believe that harsher punishments would work the best because it will always make the student think twice before cheating and thus lower the number of cheaters. 95% of students admit to being cheaters in school, which I think is way to high of numbers and needs to be cut down. Kids are always afraid of punishments and if you make it known that the punishment for cheating will be harsh they will not do it as much.

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