Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cheating revisited - what would you do?


A few months ago, I wrote about my disgust when another blogger of college age expressed the notion that there was nothing wrong with cheating in school. Her rationale was a whole host of mitigating circumstances.

Recently, I was speaking to some others of a similar age to the aforementioned blogger and they expressed similar sentiments. While I haven't changed my mind, one scenario that came up in the conversation provided food for thought:

What if a test was stolen before the final exam and the entire class got hold of it. Let's say you are offered the exam as well. Normally, you would refuse, but in this case the professor grades on a steep curve, and if you get less than an A in the course you will lose your hefty scholarship and that scholarship is the only way you can afford college. Let's say further that you cannot inform the administration anonymously of the theft. If you tell, your role will become public knowlege.

Do you:

A) Rat out everyone else, and live with the consequences, and gain many enemies?

B) Take the test honestly and hope that though unlikely, you'll still get an A and not have to drop out of college?

or

C) Cheat

Personally, I would do either A or B, never C, but I can understand that there can be a gray area. Things are rarely black & white.

What would you do?

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