Cheating in the class room

United States
June 18, 2008 11:35am CST
Okay, I was watching some television show last night on TLC. It was about this teacher in Kansas who wrote out a contract for some progject her biology class was doing. Rule seven stated that if anyone plagarized/cheated on the assignment, that they would fail the class. Both the students and the parents read and signed the paper. Well, later on when this teacher looked stuff up on Turnitin.com -- she found that 28 of her students had plagarized. There was one student who did an interview, and he says that he didn't plagarize because he made a sentence from the internet into TWO hole sentences. Does anyone else beside me find anything wrong with this picture? The teacher resgined because the school board overturned her decision and made the grades count for half. So, the students who did it well and followed the rules got a lower grad and the students who totally cheated passed. This really made me mad. as a professional, published writer, I have strong beliefs about writting. Plagarizing is a huge "no,no" heck. My newest book is about this exact thing. What was worse is that the parents made the school board do it. They didn't bother to look up the things their children wrote to make sure their kids were telling them the truth. They just decided to make the school board overturn the teachers decision. Does anyone else see the problem with this? Even my best friend, who is going to teach one day, is going to fail anyone who plagarizes.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
Teachers need to make it a standard rule that plagarizing is against the rules. When a child plagarizes they learn nothing because they are just copying someone elses work and not looking the subject up and reading to learn about the topic, kids are just plain lazy these days and thinks they should get credit for anything they had in even if it is not there work. The school should of stood behind the teacher to let the students know what they did was wrong.
• United States
19 Jun 08
I agree with you here Sashashimp. I also think that parents should take more of an active roll in the school work. Not doing it, but looking it over to make sure their kids aren't cheating.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I think the teacher should have been backed up by the School Board.I check my daughters work before she turns it in. She reads it and presents it to me. She wants to be a writer and does VERY well at it. But she also has her own style. If she plagiarizes, I would know. But I think the big issue here is that even though the teacher was right and didn't even have to write those rules, it is sad that the kids are running the school.