Why students at prestigious high schools still cheat on exams?

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Prestigious High Schools Facts

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Some of us might think that academic integrity is sacred in high-performing schools and that students who attend such schools are unlikely to cheat. Since many of these schools are located in affluent neighborhoods, it seems logical to assume that students at these schools would not need to cheat since they have ample resources at their disposal.

But is that actually true?

Academic cheating is prevalent throughout all types of American high schools. Data from one large national study indicated that 51 percent of high school students admit that they have cheated during a test.

Nevertheless, in recent years there has been no shortage of examples of academic cheating occurring in schools with excellent reputations. For example, last year students at prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York were caught sharing answers to Spanish assignments via a Facebook group. This follows a highly publicized incident that occurred at Stuyvesant several ago, when students were caught cheating on a language examination via text messaging. Many of those students justified their cheating as an acceptable strategy in order to get into a good college and secure a successful career. Read more

Did you expect cheating in prestigious high schools?

Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, the Air Force Academy and, most recently, Harvard.

Studies of student behavior and attitudes show that a majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some degree, and that high achievers are just as likely to do it as others. Moreover, there is evidence that the problem has worsened over the last few decades.

Experts say the reasons are relatively simple: Cheating has become easier and more widely tolerated, and both schools and parents have failed to give students strong, repetitive messages about what is allowed and what is prohibited. Read more


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