Have you ever cheated in school? Have you ever copied your papers or assignments from a friend or an online source?
If your answer is yes, then, please don’t be ashamed. It is not something that you should feel embarrassed about; in fact, the education system should feel guilty instead.
I myself have cheated on few occasions, not because I was too lazy to study, but because I tried, and I was unable to understand the concept, the question, or the entire chapter.
If I would have dared express my opinion or the lack of understanding to my teacher, I would have experienced three possible outcomes: reprimanded for being non-attentive in class, getting insulted for being dumb, or being teased for not knowing the answer.
No teacher would pay attention to the simple fact that maybe I needed some help to understand or needed a different approach to grasp the information.
These are not the only possible outcomes that could have been subjected on students, but the outcomes that I have witnessed in my life through friends and personal experience.
The school and education system love to blame the student and renounce their responsibility; however, the teachers are not the only one who are responsible for students’ learning.
Parents and students also have an equal amount of accountability for learning. Then again, it is teachers’ fault if they neglect to help students after being approached by confused students.
Unfortunately, teachers tend to associate a students’ inability to understand the material as a personality flaw by assuming the student is lazy or unintelligent. Creating a judgment-free environment will help students share opinions and ask questions, which will incite enthusiasm to learn.
I am not denying the laziness of some students that contribute to cheating. Although, if students are intrigued and are engaged in learning, it will significantly reduce the copy culture.
Additionally, the high standards set for standardized test and the emphasis on grades should be eliminated. Tweak it tiny bit and enable a dynamic testing system because it can result in a drastic drop in cheating.
Let me ask you an important question: how many of your teachers have encouraged you to come to their office hours or reach out to them personally to ask questions.
If your answer is a few or at least one, then think about the course subject. Did you learn a lot, do you still remember everything you were taught?
I am sure the answer is yes. That is because the teacher did not merely teach you, he or she formed a relationship with you, so you began to trust them and allow them to pave a path toward retaining information.
It could have been a short road, but at least that road is built with you and is not forcefully built on you. Do you think how the material is taught compared to what you learn is more important? I do!
Each student varies in their style of learning. If a teacher sticks to one style of learning, then other students will suffer.
For example, if the teacher teaches strictly through PowerPoint presentations and notes, then students who require a hands-on experience will suffer in grasping the information. Teachers must adapt and accommodate to their students’ style of learning.
If you properly understand the concepts, then you wouldn’t rely on copying. If questions were more directed toward eliciting your knowledge than to measure your intelligence by regurgitating information, then you would perform incredibly.
I know for a fact that few of my professors at ISU allow me to redo my work after getting feedback, so I can learn and not worry about grades. Their objective is for me to learn and apply my knowledge when time demands it, and to be the least amount bothered about the grades.
This allowed me focus more on my learning than on my scoring. I hope those professors read this article and know how thankful I am for their consideration, and to continue their practice forever!