Cause and Effect Cheating

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Charlie Moreno
ENC1101
Professor Vollaro
February 11, 2013
Cause and Effect
Cheating
At first, the thought of cheating seemed harmless; but in all reality, there is just no positive side to cheating. However, what exactly is cheating? Cheating is an immoral way of reaching a goal; such as breaking the rules to gain an advantage, deceiving, or fraud. Cheating is becoming a bigger issue in schools, relationships, and even sports. There are countless reasons why people cheat. Most people believe that cheating is wrong. Yet studies show that a vast majority of young people have cheated at least once in their high school career. What causes people to cheat if it goes against their beliefs? Cheating does not stop in the school system. Cheating has been one of the top reasons why marriages, and relationships do not last; even athletes have also been susceptible to cheating. Not only does cheating affect the cheater; it also affects everyone around. Consequences include more regulations, rules and the loss of trust from everyone around (Kennedy).

There are countless reasons why students cheat in school. Some students simply do not understand the assignments; causing them to cheat to get the answers this is a more common reason to cheating. Some students do it for the thrill; they enjoy messing with the teacher, and outsmarting their classmates. Studies also show that some students tend to be very competitive and feel they have to finish everything first. Students also feel Getting a grade such as a “B” is not good enough for them they must have an “A” causing them to cheat. Students often commit to multiple activities. With students having numerous activities, this gives them no time to study, or prepare for tests causing them to cheat to maintain their grades. Another reason why students cheat is because they are afraid of the consequences, and punishment they may receive from their parents for doing poorly in school (O’ Donnel).

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