April 12, 2013
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It’s the year 2013 and the cheating rate increases. Is there anyone out there that doesn’t cheat anymore? Well of course there is. But you wouldn’t know because you think everyone cheats. Everyone you look at whether successful or simply a student cheats. Collen Wenke states in her essay titled, “Too Much Pressure” that, “We are creating a society in which people feel it is acceptable to cheat.” (567). I agree with this because people know what cheating is and they know it is going on but they simply choose to ignore it thus making it seem like it is okay. And most just find it necessary for life. Most people are where they are now because of it. School, the most common place where cheating is done. Students share with one another the answers to the homework in order to get a good grade. And teachers are aware of it but they rather not do anything about it because they just either don’t care or they don’t want to go through the process of making phone calls or anything. Yeah, you may cheat but for what reasons? Well, to get a passing grade you need in order to move on to the next course, to graduate. I believe getting rewarded is another motivation on why students cheat. Knowing that if you get a 90 on your next quiz your parents are going to reward you with a new phone, just motivates you more to cheat. Like, why not? Cheating will make you get a new phone and in addition make your parents proud and happy. And since you made your parents happy you think that your cheating was acceptable. “Foul!” the commentator yells while commentating a game of basketball. I’m watching the game with my friends. One of them says that he faked the injury that caused the team to win. He made his team win by cheating. By faking an injury he showed bad sportsmanship and immaturity because he’s suppose to be professional but he faked an injury in...
Cited: Wenke, Colleen. “Too Much Pressure.” The Bedford Reader. 11th ed. Eds. X.J. Kennedy,
et al. Boston, MA: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2010. 564-568. Print.
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