Monday, May 24, 2010
Cheating, Who's Rewarded?
Arthur Goldstein brought up a very important point in his article about cheating. Naively, most of us are against cheating. Isn't good teaching (and parenting) supposed to mean that students do their own honest work on tests and assignments?
As a parent I was willing to guide but not to do my children's schoolwork and home work for them. I had done my own, for good or bad grades, and I didn't need my kids' teachers to grade me. Not long ago at a wedding some stranger came up to me, looking for an English speaker to perfect his child's school paper. After a few minutes I refused and told him that he wasn't doing his kid a favor. The grade had to be for his kid's work, not for mine.
No wonder kids don't see what's so awful about cheating on a test when they're encouraged to bring in PERFECT assignments and papers.
Another problem is that a teacher's success is graded according to his/her students' grades. Those whose students get the highest grades,whether honest or cheated, are considered superior teachers.
Is that the education we want for the next generation?