cheaters strike californiaPosted: 01/29/2012
This week, three high school students were arrested for stealing test papers and breaking into the school to change their grades on teachers’ computers. They gained remote access to the computers from their homes, and they continued to make changes for about 6 months. Being good business persons, they even charged classmates money to change their grades for them. Unfortunately, it’s a familiar story. Bright kids. AP students. It’s a very competitive school. And so on.
I looked up Palos Verdes High School where this cheating scandal happened. Just curious. I didn’t come across any additional information about the scandal, but I did notice their policies regarding cheating.
First, it seems that the policies are directed at the teachers. Most of the statements begin with “Teacher must.” For instance, rather than placing responsibility on the students, they place it on the teachers. For example, “Teachers must exercise reasonable caution in securing their test and test keys.”
Second, I am particularly interested in this statement: “Cheating involving homework is to be handled within the classroom. It does not fall within the stated guidelines.” It seems to suggest that cheating on homework is no big deal. It means a student could get caught cheating on homework over and over again and never be dealt with the school’s overall policies that state that a second offense will result in F for the class. Apparently you have to cheat on a test or a quiz in order to really get in trouble. I wonder why this is. Isn’t cheating cheating whether it was on a homework or on a test?
Of course, I am not blaming the school’s student code of conduct for the behavior of these “alleged” (I suppose I should say that) thieves. Just curious about how different schools treat cheating…
I’m not entirely sure how to close this post. I’m just… a little sad today.