March 2: Letters to the Editor

Beating Cheating

High schools all across the world are filled with cheating, from the lowest ranking schools to the most prestigious ones. San Diego is not exempt from cheating. Students copy homework, post answers to tests, and even share answers during the test. The teachers are not the problem, however. Many teachers are very serious on cheating and have a zero tolerance policy to it. Perhaps then, the solution is not in terrifying the students out of cheating, but to understand and fix the root cause of cheating, which is stress.

Stress to do well, stress to succeed, and stress to be a good student drives students to cheat. Whether it is from the expectations of strict parents or whether it stems from meeting the requirements for a sport, students who feel as if they alone cannot receive a grade will resort to much less honorable practices. Especially in high competitive communities, cheating can run rampant. Students should be encouraged by parental figures to achieve what they are able to through their own skills instead of being criticized for not reaching their high expectations.

By reducing stress in a student’s life, students may be less likely to cheat. There is less of a reason to cheat if students are not pressured to do so well that they cannot achieve the expectations. A relaxed environment will help reduce cheating rates. 

Joo-seung Kim,

CCA junior

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