Sunday, April 09, 2006


Questions have come up in the math office about what the best way is to handling cheating on quizzes and tests. It seems that more teachers are almost afraid to confront students about cheating because it always comes to our word against theirs and parents are increasingly supporting their children. I think that the parents are becoming more defensive because they do not want to see their kids grade dramatically affected by a case of cheating. Students are cheating because they are wooried about a grade so we take away points which will further increase their fear of getting a bad grade. Why do we eqate cheating to points and not focus on the problem of cheating. Parents will can and complain about their kid getting a zero for cheating and not even discuss the problem that their kids cheated. Is there a better way to handle cheating in the classroom and what do you think it could be?


Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Well, in a perfect, idealized classroom, there would be no way for students to cheat because the assessments would be so authentic that it would be impossible to cheat (think performance/demonstration - not paper and pencil test).

I realize that such a classroom does not exist, but I think the closer we get to it with our assessments, the less cheating becomes a factor.

(And, of course, my radical side says if we got rid of grades altogether . . .)

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