Magazine article Insight on the News

Nationwide Poll Catches Students Cheating

Magazine article Insight on the News

Nationwide Poll Catches Students Cheating

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More than half of high-school students cheat on tests or homework and most of them aren't ashamed of it, a recent Rutgers University study has found. The survey of 4,500 pupils nationwide found 74 percent have cheated on a test at least once and another 72 percent have cheated on at least one written assignment. "I think that cheating has become so common that it's starting to become `normal' in some cases," wrote one student who participated in the study.

Fifty percent of those surveyed said they didn't think copying questions and answers from a test was cheating. Even more, 53 percent, don't believe turning in work done by parents is cheating. "You do what it takes to succeed in life," a student wrote on the survey. "We're afraid to fail."

"It's pretty discouraging how students today can rationalize their cheating with such ease," says Donald McCabe, a Rutgers University professor of management who conducted the survey. He also is the founding president of the Center for Academic Integrity. "Some of these kids said that cheating was the American way of life. …

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