What Do You Think?: Cheating in School
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 8:59PM
Lynda Rae in cheating, peer pressure, test taking

Source: Dekalb School Watch BlogWhat do you think about this scenario?

Brent hates going to school because he has to do math everyday and thinks it’s very boring. His teacher, Ms. Peterson is explaining a math problem, and he feels she is speaking a different language. At the end of class, she reminds everyone that tomorrow is the chapter review test. Brent is worried because he doesn’t know how to solve the problems and doesn’t want to study.

The next morning he wakes up and gets to school. He didn’t study and is sitting at his desk nervously waiting as the teacher passes out the test to each student. Brent looks down at the test and doesn’t know a single answer. He looks over to his friend Justine’s who is right next to him. Brent whispers to her and asks if he can see her answers. Justine thinks Brent is cute, so she moves her test to the side of her desk and lets Brent copy her answers.

Questions for Discussion:

1. What do you think are different ways people cheat?

2. Who will get in trouble for cheating? Brent, Justine, or both?

3. What are some consequences of cheating?

4. Why do you think Brent cheated?

5. What do you think his teacher will think about him because he cheated? What about his parents?

6. If you saw someone cheating, what would you do?

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