A Question of Honor

An honourable post from Lisa Ancona-Roach.

While teaching years ago, I had an interesting exchange with a group of students in my sophomore English class. They were working together on a project, and I overheard one of them say, “Did you see how Mr. So-and-So (another teacher) left the room during our test? He deserves for us to cheat.”

This totally caught my ear, and I inserted myself in their conversation. “What do you mean he deserves for you to cheat?” and the girl replied, “Hey, if he’s going to leave the room and basically invite us to cheat on the test, then I’m going to take him up on it! He deserves it for being so stupid.”

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This, of course, did not sit well with me. “So any teacher that doesn’t keep watch over you like a hawk is stupid and basically giving you the right to cheat?” The students chimed in in agreement.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LisaAR
    May 06, 2014 @ 03:16:58

    Thank you, Christine!

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  2. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin
    May 07, 2014 @ 05:29:25

    Good post, thank you for sharing Christine.

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  3. Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156)
    May 07, 2014 @ 13:36:16

    No integrity there at all. The teacher should be able to trust them to do the right thing and do their own work.

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  4. cicampbell2013
    May 07, 2014 @ 13:58:53

    Exactly, Kathy.
    Thank you for reading, Kathy and Yolanda.

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  5. vishalbheeroo
    May 07, 2014 @ 14:13:21

    Its sad some justify the means to cheat and how unethical behavior gaining an edge over trust and honesty.

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