Plagiarism and Cheating

Are they becoming more acceptable in the Internet age?


Cheating scandals among some of the nation's best students at Harvard University and New York City's Stuyvesant High School have highlighted a problem experts say is widespread. In surveys, a majority of college and high school students admit to cheating on a test or written assignment. Some experts blame the cheating culture on cutthroat competition for college admissions and jobs. The simplicity of copying from the Internet or cribbing from smartphones makes plagiarism and cheating easier, teachers say. However, in the case of works of art and entertainment, some see a refreshing new ethic of sharing and “remixing” creative material in digital media. Researchers find that cheating increases when educators “teach to the test” instead of emphasizing learning. But experts question whether shifting to learning ...

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