During the public conversations regarding student stressors before the Board of Education in recent months, the issue came up several times about how the pressure to succeed supposedly pushes students to cheat.
One of the examples given is the student who purchases an old, graded test to get the right answers ahead of time. This is a problem that far exceeds the borders of Bernards Township!
But then the definition of cheating got a little muddy. From what I gathered, it's okay to look at tests and notes that your older brother or sister saved from a few years earlier. Maybe even encouraged.
So, how far of a leap is it to share that test with your best girlfriend who might not be lucky enough to have an older sibling? (But, hey, she's got you for a friend!)
In my house, we'd have even more "stuff" if my older son had saved notes and tests from seven years earlier to give to his younger brother. Not to mention that I have to push the younger son to look at his own notes, much less to cull (outdated?) material from years earlier.
Even so, we have for some subjects picked the older one's brain for assistance. Or, when he wasn't around, had a Ridge grad (now college grad) and math whiz help out with that subject. That was an advantage, even if it didn't qualify as cheating.
Do kids cheat for better grades? Or do they sometimes just whisper or pass the answers to see if they can get away with it? At what grade level does academic cheating seem to start?
What do teachers do to try to monitor cheating? What are the consequences of getting caught?
Is it even possible to cheat on standardized tests?
Earlier this year, one of the Moms Talks asked whether using the ADHD stimulant Adderall before taking a test was a form of cheating, along with of course taking a health risk.
What do you think? What do your kids think? Let us know in the comments section below.