The link below is to an article in this month's NCTE newsletter. I guess a heavy sigh is all I can say!
In the article, I love the quote from Jason Stephens about how in the grand scheme, cheating does not seem like a big deal, when it really is a "death of a thousand cuts." The kids don't seem to understand that by cheating, they are chipping away at their moral dignity, and it's not just a habit they can break the day they enter college. Makes me sad.
I agree with you, clane.
Amy, your French exam reminds me of something my students have told me about their Spanish class. Apparently, the teacher is very unobservant. When he was out of the room one day, the students taped a copy of their study sheets to the ceiling. When it came time for the test, all they had to do was look up. They said the study sheets stayed up there several weeks before it was noticed.
I'm not sure what I think about the homework cheating. I think that if a student is resourceful enough to come to this site and ask a question then perhaps it really isn't cheating. I mean that's the point of some homework, to search for answers and who better to ask than a teacher, although we never can be too sure if they have learned or simply taken our answers word for word back to their classes. Students can only ask one question per 24 hour period and it is my hope that the one answer they get challenges them and gives them the boost they need to find the rest.
I can't believe a teacher wrote you upset about it. I wish some of my students would take some time to search for answers and understanding of assignments we do in class (we don't have homework at our school- it's policy, we're not even allowed to assign it unless it is unfinished class work).
I was the only one who ever studied for French exams. Finally, I just told my teacher that I would allow them to copy then change my answers to the correct answer. I was tired of the entire class riding on my coattails and getting my "A". So, that's what we did. They all had the exact wording for the incorrect answer and all failed. Yippee!!
I have had people consider this website a tool for homework cheating. What do you think about that? The teacher who wrote me not too long ago was incensed that I would answer her students' questions that she gave for homework. Where do we draw the line?
I went to a private high school and while this sickens me, it's absolutely true. I used to get so frustrated because people would steal work from my locker (the locks were very easy to pick/pop open). I finally stopped putting anything in my locker, I was constantly covering my tests and I would never "help" people by allowing them to look at my work because they would simply copy it. It was ruthlessly competitive! I would say that they all went on to cheat in college too because bad habits are the hardest to break and if they can get away with it then it isn't really cheating.
Now as a teacher I have a compulsion to make it impossible for students to cheat. I will stay up until all hours of the night creating different forms of tests with different questions on every one (we're talking banks of over 500 questions)! The students hate it and I ask, "Why, if you're not cheating it shouldn't matter."