Cheaters Gunna Cheat

          Wandering eyes, written answers inside water bottles, letters hidden under sleeves—each with the same goal: success.

          Cheating has become a major concern to many teachers as students find loopholes and new ways to cheat on various levels—homework, daily grade, and major assignments.

          “There was this student who ‘dropped’ their paper during a test and the person next to them picked it up,” Algebra II teacher Thomas Gu said. “They did the whole test for them, I saw it happen, so they had immediate disciplinary action.”

          Copying homework has been a topic for debate on whether or not it is considered as cheating.

          “I used to think copying homework wasn’t cheating,” senior Kevin Guevarra said. “But then I got caught sending someone a copy of the homework during my sophomore year in my Spanish class. I received a zero on the assignment.”

          Many students have the cellphone’s camera roll filled with homework and daily assignments answers in order to have the assignments completed in effort to receive a high score.

          “Technically, copying homework is cheating,” junior IB student Armin Momin said. “[But] I think if you are using other student’s work to learn and understand the material better, then it’s fine.”

          Some students think that definition of cheating varies on the task given.

           “Cheating only counts for tests,” senior Anthony Campbell said. “The teacher wants us to complete assignments, so we do whatever it takes to get the grade. If that’s cheating, we might as well not be able to use the internet.”

          AP World History teacher Brooke Downey uses the Klein Oak Honor Code in order to promote academic honesty, as it affects her on a personal level.

          “I think the Klein Oak Honor Code helps prevent cheating as students are aware of their consequences if they do choose to cheat,” Ms. Downey said. “People cheat when they don’t have confidence in themselves. It’s a breaking of trust in my opinion; it hurts my feelings.”

          After a random survey of 24 thousand students at 70 different schools, “Plagiarism: Facts & Stats” on said 95 percent of students admitted to cheating—including on homework, minor grades, and on major grade assignments.