Cheating SpeechJune 25, 2005
I do not like cheating whether it is in class, on your income taxes, or on your boyfriend or girlfriend. As I see it there are three types of students:
- Student A – Cheats at the drop of a hat
- Student B – Never cheats
- Student C – Cheats if desperate, tempted, and/or thinks he could get away with it
Let’s say I hand out a test with the desks in this arrangement. [draw three desks on board and label A B C] Student A thinks I must be an idiot and copies off Student B. Student B tries to keep Student A from cheating and is annoyed that I would let this happen. Student C waits until I’m not watching and then copies off Student B as well. Once they have handed in their papers, imagine how they would react if I told them that there were three different versions of the test. I would certainly find it pretty funny, anyway.
As fun as this would be for me, however, I would be violating the class rule by my little game of “Gotcha!” That’s why I’m going to tell you right now — there will almost always be multiple versions of any test or quiz I hand out. In addition, I do not re-use tests from year to year. Thus, Student A will find it very hard to cheat; Student B will be assured that I value honest work; and Student C will face much less temptation.
Should I catch a student cheating, that student will receive an automatic zero. I will also penalize any student who helped in the cheating.