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Argumentative Essay: Cheating

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Oliver Mendoza

on 25 March 2014

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Cheating in recent years has become less rare and more common, but is it beneficial? Why should students be allowed to share the thoughts and answers of their peers? How would cheating put less stress on the mind of students? And should teachers still give a grade for cheating?
Why should students be allowed to share the thoughts and answers of their peers?
First of all, students should have the right to share answers and thoughts if shared in the correct way. If a student is able understand why and how the received answer is correct and learn from it for future reference, then cheating should be acceptable. Yes teachers believe that this form of plagiarism is not the way to go, but in reality when a student receives their graded paper and reviews their incorrect answers, most of the time the instructor will not take the time to look over the wrong answers and explain why they were wrong in the first place. This can put stress on the student knowing that they can make the same mistake on future assignments.
How would cheating put less stress on the mind of a student?
Students go through a lot during their school years, whether it’s stress at school, home, work, or personally. Teachers seem to believe that students have to be flexible and work at any angle to be well equipped for anything that life throws at them, however one must remember that a student may have more than one class or assignment to be completed by a certain deadline, all this can accumulate and no matter how flexible and resilient a student may be it can be nearly impossible for a student to complete all required assignments during the given time. This is where cheating may help a student. If a student is able to cheat, it can greatly reduce the number time taken on assignments thus reducing the stress implicated on getting the assignments done. This all brings me to my last question. Should teachers still give a grade for cheating?
Should teachers still give a grade for cheating?
Grades can be the difference between multiple things, getting into the college of your choice, being accepted into a job or simply receiving something extra from your parents. Cheating can have a big toll on all these things and when teachers find you cheating they tend to give you a bad or no grade on the assignment. Some teachers find it easier not ask questions and instead directly give a bad grade to the student, but I believe this should not always be the case. Students will always have a reason to cheat and I believe that if teachers were to ask why the student was found cheating they would discover good and understandable reasons. These reasons affecting the student and his or her future.
Conclusion
As you can see, cheating should not always be considered malicious. Students should be allowed to cheat, as long as it’s used as a tool of learning. As cheating can be helpful in learning the way peers think, reducing stress and receiving the appropriate grade for the appropriate situation.
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