Today, as I scrolled through Facebook, I came across a story from ABC 13 News Houston that was troubling. Hundreds (and yes that’s not a typo), HUNDREDS of Clear Lake High School students were caught cheating on an English Final Exam. I’m not surprised students try to cheat. Heck. I was caught cheating on homework in the 8th grade and almost lost my best friend over it. Thanks goodness for second chances. Thank goodness that was the one incident that made me think twice about ever cheating again.
No, it baffles me that out of ALL those hundreds of students, not one of them had a guilty conscience? Not one felt the call to come forward prior to the test and alert a school official? Not one student felt it morally wrong? Where is the courage in this generation of kids?
So the damage is done. According to ABC 13 Houston, Clear Creek ISD noticed an unusually high number of good scores on an English IV test given before the winter break. The second day they changed the order of questions, which threw up the red flag for everyone. Hundreds still answered the same as the first set of questions given prior.
I’ve read that a further investigation is underway. I’m not naive to think they can possibly prove each and every cheater to be at fault, but I am troubled at how they are handling it. Students will be given the option to either retake the test or skip it and not have it factored into their final grade.
My 8th grade teacher gave me a zero. She was about to give my best friend a zero, but I begged that she be spared, that I be left alone to take the fault. It was out of my own laziness that I didn’t do the assignment. I had the ability to do it and do it well, but I chose to take the fall. I chose to own up to the consequences and confess it was all me. In fact, I was a straight A student and when the teacher confronted me she asked whey I let my friend copy off ME! She was in utter shock when I confessed it was me that cheated off of her.
|Photo Credit: ABC 13 News Houston|
Are you okay with raising a generation who will never have to own up to the consequences when mistakes are made? There shouldn’t be an option to retake or not let it affect your GPA. It should be a blanket retake test given to everyone.
Clear Lake High School is the #1 Academic School in CCISD and, from an outsiders point of view, could it be that the school is pressuring their students to be successful no matter the cost? The fact that hundreds of students felt pressured to pass this test, at any cost, might be an indicator that they are stressed, pressured, academically tired.
What do you guys think? Does the punishment fit the crime? I wonder how the parents of the school feel?
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