Why do Students Copy?

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Why do Students Copy?

Kevin Lucia, Contributor

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In a survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools, McCabe found “64% of students admitted to cheating on a test, 58% admitted to plagiarism and 95% said they participated in some form of cheating, whether it was on a test, plagiarism or copying homework.”

Throughout my 3 current high school years, I have come across so many instances where students either ask me for the answers to copy or I ask them for the answer so I can copy. I honestly believe that more students copy homework than dab it in the bathrooms here at Hueneme High School.

So, not to digress, Why Do Students actually copy?

Students cheat for a variety of reasons:

It can be an intentional, calculated decision in order to get ahead. Often, it is motivated by the path to success that they see around them – people cheating without incurring any real consequences.

This also gets combined with a pressure to succeed. These students have grown up in a culture where even the team that scores the least gets a trophy. So they are not prepared for failure.

When they believe they are going to fail (which nowadays is often anything less than an “A”), students will do whatever it takes to avoid it, because they don’t want to let others (often family) down.

SOURCE INFO: The Conversation 

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