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The registrar of Nigeria's university entrance exams reported in May that almost 2,000 of the students had been caught in cheating scams. [Agence France-Presse, 6-1-07]
Okay, so that amused me just because I wonder how many of those 2000 are now sending emails out with important business matters.
Have you cheated in school?
I refuse to answer!
And Neighbours! I love this video.
It's wrong for one very simple reason (plus a bunch of other, more complex ones). It is dishonest. Cheaters are lying about what they know or have done, for no reason other than to make themselves look more accomplished than they are.
If they believe that the information isn't necessary for them to know, they should take a stand and say it. Instead, they go around meekly pretending that they believe the information is important to know and dishonestly acting as if they know it when they don't.
Also, while it is applicable in some cases, I generally don't buy the argument that we shouldn't have to prove an ability to do something on our own because we may be able to get help from others. If, for example, I cheat on a test proving my knowledge of the meanings of road signs, and in fact I know the meanings of none of those signs, what am I going to do when I'm on the road and I suddenly need to know the meaning of a sign? Take the time to look it up? Call a friend and ask? That's just one example.
... Actually, I'm not going to spend the time to write about other aspects of this right now.
But, in my eyes, it's very simple: When we cheat, we tell others a lie about ourselves, without a good reason—and, with any luck, it also gives others, and us, a clue about who we really are and what we really stand for.