Cheating is definitely one of the most important issues in the education of this generation. In his article “A Whole Lot of Cheatin’ Going On” Mark Clayton proves the point that, unfortunately, a lot of students tend to turn to cheating when they feel like it is the easy way to pass the class. According to Mark Clayton, “College students and college-bound high-schoolers appear to be cheating like there’s no tomorrow” (198). Students simply don’t connect academic cheating with their future lives. Some of them don’t see cheating as a real life issue and they act like “cheating is not a big deal” (Clayton, 199).
Nowadays, campus officials are trying to raise the awareness of this problem and try to prevent students from following the wrong paths. However, imagination has no borders and technology is only supporting cheating ideas. Internet is the never-ending source of information that may start a huge problem of plagiarism. College officials are implementing strict rules and possible sanctions to stop cheating. They are also working on educating students and their parents and peers about the raising issue.
Being a student I I feel like to diminish cheating, students only need to be less lazy and have more integrity. As for surrounding ethics in the classroom Clayton claims, “Students of this generation are reluctant to turn their classmates in. They feel everyone ought to have their own right to do their own thing” (199). I feel like this is a situation in most of the classrooms in every college.
When student decides to cheat, he is the only person responsible for his decisions and following consequences.
Ethically speaking, there is no acceptable reason for cheating. Students need to understand that cheating and plagiarizing their work won’t get them far in the real life, it is their knowledge that matters in the long shot.
Clayton, Mark. “A Whole Lot of Cheatin’ Going On.” The Presence of Others. 3rd ed. Ed. Andrea A. Lunsford and John J. Ruszkiewicz. New York: St. Martin’s, 2000. 198-202.