This evening, I saw a television feature on the local ABC affiliate here in the Miami area. The subject matter got me thinking so I figured I'd write a post about it. It's a topic that I think parents and teachers should be aware of: hi-tech cheating.
The feature was about how teens and other students have incorporated technology into getting an unfair advantage in their studies. Many parents provide their kids with cell phones and smart phones for their convenience. But what some students do is use these wonders of technology as hi-tech cheating machines.
Another thing that students have been doing is using search engines such as Google and Yahoo to search for answers during exams. So unless they're adequately monitored, they can go to school totally unprepared for tests and still make 100%, thanks to the marvels of technology.
My view on these matters is that the mindset of cheating in school is timeless. Today, it's the use of smart phones. Back in my school days, it was the use of cheat sheets or writing answers on our palms. Cheating is cheating and it's wrong, however you look at it.
Imagine if I cheated in English class; I may not have developed the writing proficiency that allows me to write this blog that's read around the world. Who would have been cheated? I would've been my worst victim.