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Opposing Viewpoint: bad guys finish first

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Matt Robbins
How many people do you actually know who have been caught cheating? The intelligent students we have at Newton South High School are far too smart to get caught.
While some argue that cheating is not morally right, morals are the last thing one thinks about when dealing with the pressures of getting good grades and keeping up with the endless amount of work. If it means securing a better future, cheating is more than acceptable. People need to at cheating from multiple perspectives. There’s the kid that spent hours on an assignment and was proud of the work about to be turned in. There is also the kid that has a major project due the next day and had to copy the assignment from a friend.
Everybody has played these roles.
The honest student feels as though his work and effort are being wasted because the cheater just completed the assignment in five minutes. When it comes down to it, the person that actually did their homework really isn’t being hurt by the cheater’s actions. In fact, no one is. Cheating just simply helps someone in need.
There is also the person who was miraculously absent on the day of a test. It is hard to resist the temptation to find out the answers from a friend who took it. This is basically a flawless procedure because getting caught is near impossible. If a teacher is too lazy to create a makeup test, they are asking for a student to cheat. As I said, it is a temptation that is very hard to resist. To those that think they have not cheated in their life, I can almost guarantee have used this method before.
One of the riskier methods of cheating involves bringing a visual aide to class with you. This may include notes on the edge of your shoe, or a small card containing definitions, important dates, or formulas. I have noticed this kind of person many times throughout my test-taking career. I always try to think of ways that their actions will be punished.
They aren’t learning the material, they are going to get caught, or karma will haunt them later on. All of this flows through my head in anger, as I think about how long I studied.
When the tests are handed back, this cheater always receives a better grade than me, and that’s the end of it. They don’t morally break down and confess, the teacher does not notice, and we are never tested on that material again. What’s done is done, and cheating prevails.
If placed in the situation I just described, you have two options. You can deal with time and effort not reflecting grades, or you can use the cheaters study techniques and join them.
If it means getting a zero or a check on a homework assignment, or an A or and F on a test, cheating is just the result of an overly competitive school environment.
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