Saturday, June 06, 2009


In this situation, the adults have it and the children do not:

An Ohio school district says it uncovered a cheating scheme so pervasive that it had to cancel graduation ceremonies for its 60 seniors — but will still mail their diplomas.

A senior at Centerburg High School accessed teachers' computers, found tests, printed them and distributed them to classmates, administrators said.

Graduation was canceled because so many seniors either cheated or knew about the cheating but failed to report it, said officials of the Centerburg School District.

I wonder how many of the cheaters will participate in this:

Jeanette Lamb, whose son is a senior at the school, asked the Centerburg School Board to reconsider its decision to cancel graduation. The board declined.

"At that point I did tell them that commencement would continue, it will be at the park, I will put it together and their presence wasn't welcome," Lamb told WTVN radio in Columbus. Lamb said parents and members of the community have offered help.


Ellen K said...

And down the road, when these same students who hold questionable personal ethics work in the real world and continue their same self-serving win at all cost attitude, who will lose? Did these parents learn nothing from the ethical failures at Enron, Lehman Brothers, et al? Those types of ethical lapses don't start when you graduate with an MBA-they start with the first time a kid copies someone's work, has Mom do their homework or has Dad go an complain about failing a test or class. So look 20 years in the future, and see if the lesson sunk in.

Ronnie said...

I actually just watched an interesting TED talk on cheating that outlined some of the behavioral economics of cheating and why this is actually a relatively predictable experience.
Dan Ariely on our buggy moral code

Scott McCall said...

i love the last line of the article.....

..... mentioning how one student used the test, and still failed....

.....that student alone doesn't deserve a diploma