Teachers are forced to walk moral tightropes.
They know the difference between right and wrong — but they also know the difference between staying employed and losing our jobs; they know the difference between “earning” pay raises and struggling to feed their families; and they know the difference between working hard to improve and being publicly outed as “incompetent” by newspapers looking for sensational stories.
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Use this sign instead of what your may usually see in school:
Generally, the Josephson Institute study found that high school students do believe in having a high moral character, and know better than to lie and steal.
The number of students who said they were dishonest with their teacher about “something significant” fell to 55% this year, from 61% in 2010. The number of those who said they deceived their parents dropped to 76% from 80% in the same two-year period.
photo via flickr:CC | Mr_Stein
“It’s like, ‘I’ll keep my integrity and fail this test’ — no. No one wants to fail a test,” he said, explaining how he and others persuaded themselves to cheat. “You could study for two hours and get an 80, or you could take a risk and get a 90.”
Students taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera’s leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.
Student photos of state standardized tests posted on social networks have caused a two-week delay in the release of scores and could result in more serious ramifications for nearly 150 California schools.
A potential problem looms for campuses where students took the photos, most likely with their cellphones. In the worst-case scenario, these schools could lose scores on the state’s Academic Performance Index, California’s rating system for schools. That embarrassment also could expose a school to the loss of grants or to sanctions — because being stripped of a score means a school hasn’t met performance targets.
The state identified one middle school and 11 high schools where one or more students posted test items. Officials said they would decide the fate of such schools.
The Atlantic’s June fiction story features cheating students.
Easy A’s may be even easier to score these days, with the growing popularity of online courses. Tech-savvy students are finding ways to cheat that let them ace online courses with minimal effort, in ways that are difficult to detect.
And here’s how (so easy!):
His secret was to cheat, and he’s proud of the method he came up with—though he asked that his real name and college not be used, because he doesn’t want to get caught. It involved four friends and a shared Google Doc, an online word-processing file that all five of them could read and add to at the same time during the test.
photo via flickr:CC | Howard Dickins
Turnitin provides insight into plagiarism in their new white-paper, The Plagiarism Spectrum: Instructor Insights in the 10 Types of Plagiarism.
This white paper distills a study of thousands of plagiarized papers, providing examples of 10 distinct types of plagiarism that comprise the vast majority of unoriginal work in student papers.
The Plagiarism Spectrum is a guide to help educators, students, academics, and writers recognize the various forms of plagiarism. This spectrum moves plagiarism beyond the black-and-white definition of “literary theft” to one that captures the nuances of how plagiarism can take form.
As part of this study, Turnitin surveyed both higher and secondary education instructors to take a measure of how prevalent and problematic these instances of plagiarism are among their students.
Students sit in the test-taking room, with full access to computers and wireless connections. As they work on national exams, they can be seen accessing the Internet from time to time. Are the results from this test going to be corrupted because these test-takers are not isolated from global information resources?
What is high-tech cheating exactly? Is it really a problem, or do our old-school definitions of cheating need rethinking?
photo via flickr:CC | gordasm
200 districts have suspicious scores like Atlanta’s.