Cheating in school

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Cheating in school

So unfortunately today we are seeing cheating on the rise. About 75% of all kids admit to cheating in school. And the reason why it's so prevalent is the pressure. There's more and more pressure to pass the standardized tests, to get the grades, to get into college. There's this myth that you have to have perfect grades or you're a failure. And that's causing more and more kids to cut corners. They're copying each others homework. They're copying each others tests. They are using technology and the internet, which has created more opportunities for cheating. They're downloading other people's papers and calling it their own work. And what we can do as parents and as educators is really focus on integrity. When you are cheating, you are cheating yourself. You are not learning the material. And what needs to happen is kids need to know the teacher knows them and cares about them, needs to feel like the work is meaningful and relevant. Because if it's just busy work, you might as well cheat. And if it's all about the grades, you might as well cheat. So we need to make ti about the learning, not just the grades.

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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