Getting caught cheating in school

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Getting caught cheating in school

So when your child is caught cheating, obviously your heart just drops as a parent and you might not believe it. You cannot imagine that your kid has done something like this. And the kid is probably denying it as well. And the first instinct of the parent is to take the child´s side. And that is normal. But most of the time when they are caught cheating, they have done it. And you have to know that as a parent there is a reason behind that. Cheating is a symptom of a much larger cause, which is the stress, the pressure to get the good grades. So as a parent, listen to your child for sure. Hear the story but also have an open mind and listen to the school and the educators. And then, realize no matter what happened, the main message here is this is a symptom of a larger root cause. We know we need to be talking about dialing down the stress and really helping the child understand that you love them unconditionally, no matter what grades they are bringing home as long as they doing it honestly and with integrity.
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Denise Pope, PhD

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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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