Yesterday I was watching a program that told of a group of students that were cheating on an essay by getting their information on line. The teacher used a program called Turnitin.com and she failed 28 of her students for cheating. Instead of the parents being angry at their kids for cheating, the parents went to the school board and demanded the teacher be overruled. She was the the kids were all given passing grades. Is that fair? Should the school board step in and overrule a teacher in such a case? The teacher felt the school board usurped her authority and she quit after the kids laughed at her and let her know they had won out in the end?
But who wins out in such cases? Certainly not the kids who have now learned that cheating is an accepted way of life. Nor, us as a society. These kids think it is okay to cheat their way through life and that is not fair to the kids who are working hard for their grades and want to make it through school the right way. One of the parents said she thought the teacher missed a chance to teach the kids one of life's lessons when she accepted what they did and just did a few classes on cheating. Well, if you cheat you fail...How is that for a life's lesson? Why did this parent not teach her kids that cheating was wrong from the beginning? The only winners here are the kids who got their grades the honest way and the teacher who had the guts to do the right thing.