Is cheating in school becoming more common?

Is cheating in school becoming more common?

By Ludi Canales

Cheating in school has been a contentious issue for decades, but the question remains: is it becoming more common? There are arguments on both sides of the debate, with some claiming that cheating is indeed on the rise, while others argue that it has always been prevalent. However, evidence suggests that cheating in schools is becoming more common.

One reason for this increase in cheating is the pressure to succeed academically. Students face immense pressure to achieve top grades and secure their future in today’s highly competitive world. This pressure can lead some individuals to resort to dishonest means such as cheating to meet these expectations.

Advancements in technology have made it easier for students to cheat. With smartphones and other electronic devices readily available, students can access information during exams or collaborate with others without being detected. The internet also provides a vast array of resources that can be used for plagiarism or copying assignments, such as AI. 

The increasing reliance on AI in education can lead to technology overdependence, which may have several unintended consequences. For instance, students may become overly reliant on AI tutoring systems to solve problems or complete tasks, reducing their ability or motivation to think critically and independently. 

Furthermore, there is a decline in moral values among students today. In an era where instant gratification and shortcuts are glorified, some individuals may view cheating as an acceptable way to get ahead without putting in the necessary effort.

Dr. Donald McCabe, one of the founders of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) studies show that 64 percent of students at the end of 2023 had admitted to cheating at a test, 58 percent admitted to plagiarism and 95 percent said they participated in some form of cheating, whether it was on a test, plagiarism, or copying homework. Academic pressure, technological advancements facilitating dishonesty, and a decline in moral values contribute to this concerning trend. Educators and parents must address this issue seriously and promote integrity within educational institutions.