Cheating becoming more common in classroom - WNEM TV 5

Cheating becoming more common in classroom

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Cheating scandals have rocked almost every major sport but now it's becoming more and more common in the classroom.

You'd be surprised at who's doing it and the lengths they go to make the grade.

A former student TV5 spoke with didn't want to reveal his true identity but says he didn't want to hide what happened regularly inside his classroom. He says cheating happened even as early as middle school.

The unidentified student says he achieved above average grades in middle school and high school. He says most of his classmates did some type of cheating, and not just the slackers.

He says the stand outs also cheated. Looking back, he says no one seemed to think they were doing anything wrong.

"People think it's only the dumb kids who cheat. That's not true," says the student.

In the past, the cheating type was typically the struggling student just trying to get by. But experts say there is a new type of academic cheater. The straight A student.

Dr. Thomas Haller is an expert in this subject. He says cheating in school doesn't carry the same social stigma that it used to because so many students are doing it.

But probably most alarming, cheating in not only high school and college is on the rise. Cheating in middle school is becoming more and more common.

In the 1940's, only 20 percent of college students surveyed reported that they cheated in high school.

Today, 90 percent of college students admitted they cheated in high school.
    
And a staggering nine out of ten middle schoolers said they did some form of cheating. Mainly copying off other student's work.

So how do they do it and more importantly where do they learn to do it?

One of the most popular ways to cheat is replacing the label on a 20-ounce water bottle or coca cola bottle. The student TV5 spoke with says this was common and he says his teachers were clueless.

A YouTube video boldly shows students how to replace the ingredients label on the bottle with a label that contains answers to the test.

Students have even gone high tech with cheating.

By wearing wireless ear pieces in which a friend looks up the questions and relays the answers to the test taker.

The list goes on and on and the ways to cheat endless.

The obvious question is why is this happening? What happened to the days of studying or cramming all night to get a good grade? Experts say the public education system may encourage it.

According to Dr. Haller, there are instances where teachers help students cheat.

"Grades rather than education has become the focus of school," says Haller. "Teachers are now rated based on how students do in the classroom and we've already heard about teachers changing grades."

There are many people out there that may criticize this story for teaching students how to cheat, but with the numbers as high as they are, experts say they already know. The question for parents and educators is do you know how to spot a cheat and possibly set them in line before it's too late?

Experts say it's only a matter of time before the cheater is exposed.

In a recent survey, students who cheated said the number one reason they did so is because there's little chance of being caught.

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