Time and time again I notice that students are copying each other in high school (mostly just homework). They do this because either a) they don’t get what’s going on but don’t want to get a bad grade or b) they are lazy. A lot of the material learned in high school is never used again in your life.
For the kid who wants to be an engineer, English isn’t his biggest interest. In fact, he’ll probably never need to know how to speak perfectly. Also, the kid who wants to do something with math as a career could care less about Biology.
Or a kid who wants to drop out and go for the GED diploma and attend prep classes that are offered across the US if the school will become too demanding.
So is cheating wrong? To be honest, I really don’t think that copying homework from time to time is wrong. If you are passing answers around on a test, that’s a different story. However, as I’ve said before, high school is a game. Those who succeed the most in high school aren’t the ones who leave with the most knowledge.
Of course, there are certain cases when cheating is unacceptable. In college, when you are trying to finish your degree, you should probably not cheat. In fact, cheating in college usually just comes back to screw you in the end. But for now, in high school, the occasional copying of someone’s homework isn’t such a terrible thing. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to succeed, even when you want to pursue a career in nursing, right?
Here is what my mom says about it:-)
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
My grandfather was an English professor. He had 6 daughters and all of them have their Masters in English and also teachers. I spent my summer vacations learning rules of grammar from my grandfather. He didn’t just care for financial success, he wanted his life to be meaningful. I sincerely hope that I do him justice and make him proud as I write this blog.
My mother was a teacher in my school. We got a tremendous education at my school and I loved my school and all my friends. Our fees were subsidized because my mother was a teacher at the school. Once we had a couple of years left to finish school, my mother quit her teaching job as she now had a good plan for a comfortable retirement to start educational tours for school students.
As a teenager, I was a tour guide on trips with school kids. I organized games, made sure food was on time, all the party games were on track, etc. It was a great experience for me as it taught me to be responsible and make sure that whatever was given to me, I did to the best of my ability, to let everything be part of my success, though other people may define success quite differently.
I have great admiration for the teaching profession. I saw my mother pore over her lesson plans and make sure the students got the most out of her class. Now in her tours, she carries over the same dedication in writing the questionnaires for children when they visit a historic city to make sure they learned about the history of a monument or city.
As a parent now, I know how important education is for my children and what an impact it will have on their lives. I am really happy to be involved in creating a digital village for parents to connect, share, learn, influence, and support each other. After all, it does take a village to raise children. Teachers are welcome. I personally am grateful for all the teachers who enrich our children’s lives. If we can be of any assistance, if you need any tools, please let us know.
While I may not be a teacher myself, I am really glad to be involved in helping bring educators and parents together, even if some rules need to be broken. I think my grandfather will be proud. He loved idioms and proverbs. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree–is true of me.