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academic dishonesty - Jim Huggins
September 18th, 2008
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academic dishonesty
My newly-revised article just hit the website of The Technician (Kettering's student newspaper, for those who don't know).

Feedback, of course, is welcome.

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Date:September 18th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Looks good.

I'm the Scholarship Advisor for both chapters of Delta Chi on campus. After your previous post on the subject, I decided to share a few words with the chapters to remind them the importance of not cheating.

Your article comes from the perspective of a professor, but something you may want to think of including in future discussions on a subject is how bad cheating hurts a student even if they don't get caught. What I told my chapters:

I could talk about honesty and integrity and such, but we've all taken orientation 101 and frankly: If you cheat, you [screw] yourself. Yeah, you may have a short-term gain, and it may let you pass that class, but how many of you have honestly or will honestly go back and actually learn the material? I'd be surprised if anyone did. That lack of knowledge can seriously screw you in any class that uses your cheated grade as a pre-requisite. It will likely also carry over to your job after you get your diploma. Because of this, you're more likely to cheat again, which only starts a vicious, downward spiral.
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Date:September 18th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I thought about that direction ... which is all true, of course. The problem is, that sort of reasoning requires the ability to think beyond the immediate problem. For most people, the long-term consequences of cheating are far too abstract to comprehend --- especially when the short-term benefits seem so large.

The approach I wanted to take was ... "what can I tell them that will cause them to pause and think right at that moment of crisis, that might make a difference?". Long-term appeals to nobility and honor don't seem to work. I'm naive enough to think that a short-term appeal to friendship might make a difference. ("Can I really look him in the eye tomorrow and lie to him?")
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Date:September 19th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
very cool. I hope it makes them think.
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