Too Much Pressure

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Cheating has been increasing overtime. People cheat due to too much pressure placed on them by parents and by the competition among students to get into a good college. Because of this, many resort to cheating so they could receive outstanding grades. Colleen Wenke’s, Too Much Pressure, discusses this issue among students. Wenke believes that cheating is caused mainly by schools. Schools are to be blamed because many teachers tolerate cheating, gives mild consequences to cheaters, and school places a greater emphasis on good grades rather than knowledge.

In Too Much Pressure, Colleen Wenke states that cheating has been on the rise due to the fact that many teacher accept it. Nowadays “as many as 98 percent of students . . . [have] admitted cheating”. “The teachers knew that these things went on, yet nobody seems to do anything about them”. With so many people cheating, teachers have a hard time tracking down who cheated and who didn’t. Teachers assign home work everyday, and they have over a hundred students. With so much assignments pouring in to be graded, teachers usually have students peer edit the assignment or they just glance at it. The student could have just wrote down something foolish and the teacher wouldn’t notice. On account of this, many teachers think cheating is fine. Because many teachers ignore cheating that is occurring right under their noses, so many students get away with it.

The lenient consequences that are given to students for cheating, is another factor that is causing an increase in cheating. “[P]enalties for getting caught [cheating] are mild”. If someone was caught cheating, that assignment or test is usually confiscated, and you were given a zero for that assignment. However, “[y]our parents were not called, and you were not suspended”. Getting a zero on one assignment doesn’t hurt that much and the cheater doesn’t even learn a lesson. Due to the light consequences, students cheat even more in school. If schools cracked...
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