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+ - Privilege of Higher Education

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realsilly writes: "The discussion of cheating took place this week with this article http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/18/152256/200-Students-Admit-Cheating-After-Professors-Online-Rant about cheating students at UCF. I found that there were over 600+ posts about cheating. They included the range of feedback from the posters, from "the professor is an idiot", to "Cheating is wrong and hurts those who don't cheat", to "everybody does it" and "Fortune 100 companies hire cheaters". I'm rather curious as to why Cheating is acceptable. Are people that afraid to actually work / study for a class? Are professors so disenchanted that they just go through the motions to teach? Why is there not a greater penalty for cheating?

I've always understood that to be educated up to the 12th grade was mandatory for all states, no matter how that education is applied, Public School, Private school, or Home school. But I've always understood higher education to be a privilege. Not a right, but a privilege. That being the case, I would think that the educational system would look at cheating more closely, and remove cheaters from the education system and allow those students who really want to learn to have the opportunity to learn.

If the only reason you're in college is to score that 6-figure job and you don't know the material about your job because you managed to get your degree by cheating your way through college, then you're a fraud to the core. I certainly don't want to work for some business major who cheated his/her way through school and then tries to become my manager. But as many of you have noted, Cheating has gone on for ages, maybe that's the situation we're already facing in this country, and may help explain why this country is such a wreck.

As an educational system, I'd much rather take students that weren't top performers in high school, who want to get a higher education and improve themselves than cheaters who just beat the system."
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