Academic Cheating In School

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Academic cheating

Students grow and change through their academic years. Some students will grow into academic superstars, others not so much. However, how a student achieves higher level education may not be so super. Children, teens, and even teachers have cheated their way through the ranks of education. Their motives to cheat vary from thrill to peer pressure or plain laziness. Students may be peer pressured to find an easier route through their education: while others feel they need to cheat to be successful. School is a major event in a person’s life, but what goes on at home can adversely affect how they achieve their education. Students that feel depressed or lonely will use cheating as a way to fill their emotional holes, this is known as the “cheaters high” (Source 3). Students gain a thrill or a surge of pleasure from getting away with an immoral deed. Many students may suffer from social anxiety or feel left out, and to compensate, they cheat on exams. As reference in Source 3 the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology students feel that cheating may “trigger positive feelings”. As a fellow classmate sees just a single student gets away with cheating, that person may be inclined to cheat as well. The classmate may see how effective cheating is and try to mimic it. One school in New York, Stuyvesant High, demonstrates how a single person’s motivation to cheat can lead to others following the same path. Nayeem, the cheater at Stuyvesant High had his own
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