Why do teachers lie?

United States
May 14, 2010 9:05am CST
One of my teachers ALWAYS says before tests that if we just read sparknotes we will not pass the test. So far, I have gotten an A or B on EVERY SINGLE TEST by reading sparknotes the night before. Is she just trying to scare us and make us actually read the book? What do you think?
2 responses
@colega17 (312)
• Romania
14 May 10
That's a classic way of convincing students to read. Of course he/she tells them to read everything...that's his/her job...to make us learn more and more . I think it's ok to do this because it's for our own good. Some will actually read not only the sparknotes and that is something in their benefit. Let's call it a good lie
• United States
14 May 10
I guess you're right, a teacher would never just say "ok kids, just read summarys for the test and you'll be fine" haha.
@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
14 May 10
hi there Papadopulos, You know what I have the same thought on my mind with those kinds of teachers. But i think they don't really intend to lie. On my point of view, I guess the reason why some teachers do this kinds of stuffs so that they would somehow motivate their students to read more and study. Cause if the teacher said what exactly would be on the test most students won't actually study, they would just rely on their stored knowledge or with their notes or some kind. Though the teachers method of scaring students just to get them read a book or study is wrong it is somewhat effective for some students.