These days it seems like cheating is everywhere from the baseball diamond to the classroom. With stories of professional dishonesty and performance-enhancing drugs permeating the adult world, it's no wonder that studies show academic cheating among children and teens on the rise. But while cheating on a test or plagiarizing an essay may seem a quick way to get a leg up, students are actually holding themselves back from the type of meaningful learning that will serve them best in life.
In Colleen Wenke's essay, "Too Much Pressure," Wenke argues that cheating is a rising problem in college and especially high school that must be solved. She cites statistics indicating that the frequency of cheating has increased over the past few generations and attributes the problem to high levels of pressure on students to succeed, be accepted to competitive colleges, and earn a high income when they are adults. Overall, her arguments are weak. While she is clear in convincing the reader that the main cause of cheating is "Too Much Pressure," she does not effectively persuade him or her that it is an imminent concern and is vague in her proposed solutions to the problem. She also describe that A national survey conducted in American High School Students stated that 98 percent of students have admitted to cheating, an amount Wenke describes as much larger than her parents’ generation. With students, including herself, thinking that everyone cheats and it’s just how school is, the morals of the students are lowered and cheating is more widely accepted. She also said that people thought that the best jobs are given to the students who graduate from the best colleges, and the students who are accepted into the best colleges are those who can correctly fill in the most lettered bubbles. Wenke also describe that with so much pressing on student’s lives, students are searching easier way to get good grades. With goal-oriented students determined to compromise...
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