Consequences of Cheating

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In reference to education, my idea of cheating is when a student engages in a practice that is unacceptable in order to complete and pass any given assignment by the professors, or schools standards. The different methods of cheating have changed and evolved over the past years, and like any other unethical decision has continued to result in consequences that could possibly affect students for the rest of their lives. I remember my classmates in elementary school cheating on tests and getting caught most of the time. Many of my classmates in high school got after school detention for cheating, and today a lot of those same classmates are still known as liars and cheaters because they grew accustomed to such actions and are still cheating and lying their way through life.

Cheating on exams back when I was in high school usually involved more obvious gestures that were easily detectable by teachers. They were things like writing notes in the palms of hands or stretching the neck just far enough to peek at a neighbors answers. It is much harder in this day and age for teachers and professors to detect cheating due to advanced technology students have access to, such as the internet. Students can obtain countless varieties of information online to help them cheat on exams. Online articles and question forums can provide students with the exact answers they are looking for in order to pass an exam. It is especially easy for students taking college courses at home through an online college such as Penn Foster. I am a Penn Foster student and I do not have a professor standing over me observing whether I am cheating or not, that’s where it’s up to me as a student to make the right decision and not cheat.

The most common reason, in my opinion, for students to cheat is the desire to pass their course with the highest possible grade point average. A student’s grade point average affects the way their possible employers feel about hiring jobseekers fresh out...
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