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MSU Kids Speak Up: THE DEBATE ON INTERNET CHEATING
时间:2008-5-31 上午 11:22:24,点击:0

 

Moderated and prepared for publication by Julia Gumanova, Moscow State University

Sergey Yeremin, group 311, believes:
NO PROBLEM!

…there are many cheats and there are many Internet sites for them. But is there any problem of cheating? If a students isn't keen on writing his term paper himself, he has an option to download it from the Internet, sometimes going to the expense of it! Is it a big deal? From time immemorial people have used wage labour. Nowadays using scholars'-for-hire labour is just another form of exploitation of resources. […] The Interent is not the only source of paid term papers and cheating is not always a vulgar rip-off. Sometimes it is a kind of creation. […]


Leyla Salavatova, group 305, has made an "on the spot" investigation
WHY DO WE CHEAT?

At first I thought I'd approach the problem from the point of view of an A-student, who never uses this trick to succeed and who usually looks down at cheats, while giving them his/her exercise-book to crib out. But I realized that I am not that kind of person and I am never going to be one. There are a lot of contradictory opinions on cheating. To get a complete picture we should check them all. So I decided to carry on an opinion poll on the issues of cheating.

As a result, I've divided my pollees into the 3 categories.

Category No. 1 - 35 % These people, mostly teenagers, consider plagiarism to be a very important part of their everyday life. They download almost everything from the I-net and can't imagine their life without it. When I asked them why they do it, they said, "It 's just like a drug .Once you get addicted, you never give up".
My comments: Of course cheating is the easiest way to survive, without making any effort for those who have absolutely no desire to study, to learn more. If the Internet disappears one day, it might be a final crash for them and they will probably waste away in school routine. Stupid ...Don't you think so?

Category No. 2 - 55% Part-time swindlers. Those who use the I-net resources, only in case of "emergency", for example, if they don't have enough time or necessary materials to get ready for a class, a quiz or whatever.
My comments: Most of those people are college or university students. And to tell the truth I am just one of them. So from the position of the second-year student of MSU law school, I can say that they only deceive themselves, trying to give this ridiculous justification for cheating.

Category No. 3 - 10% Those "Mummy-Daddy's Angels" who never cheat. Normally they never lie, never miss classes, and are always ready and saddy with each and every assignment
My comments: No comments!

Conclusion
The main purpose of my research was to find the "golden medium" of cheating. But I finally realized that cheating is a big mistake of the teens who are usually not aware of the real consequences of such tricks. They don't understand that when they apply for a job, the employer will only be interested in your qualifications. So if you cheat, you're depriving yourself of you really are, of your "real self". There is a famous American proverb: With no cows the stable is clean. To my mind, if you're not doing anything yourself, if you're just taking advantage of other people's achievements, your stable is gonna be pretty clean. But that's not real life. What's the good of having a clean but EMPTY stable?
On the contrary, if you are doing something noteworthy: if you live, if you breath, if you buy, if you sell, if you do your own home tasks or create your own web pages, you sometimes make mistakes and your stable is not clean. But you do have the real feeling of satisfaction, when you do things yourself and there is no way to download them from the I-net. And your mistakes are just another chance to self-actualize.


Karina Nesterova, group 203, claims:

These days cheating is so rampant that it can be called the incurable disease of the 21st century […] I consider cheating to be the first step toward intellecual come-down […] Cheating might be a good way to save time, but the other side of the medal shows us the ugly face of "frozen brains!"


Nadya Deeva, group 203, provokes a riot:
THE GLOBAL DISASTER FOR TEACHERS?

Can you claim totally honestly that you have never cheated while studying? Haven't you experienced the feeling of self-satisfaction when you managed to get away with harsh punishment and your plan turned out to be a success? Wasn't it fun?! So let us speculate about the positive and negative sides of cheating. At first sight cheating is rather negative than positive. Of course plagiarism is immoral and a cheater robs himself of the possibility to acquire knowledge. But have you ever thought about the advantages of cheating? First of all I want to mention that there are a lot of subjects which are absolutely useless for our future job. For example, why should lawyers-to-be study mathematics and the calculus of probability? I'm sure that only a silly student wouldn't cheat in this case. Moreover, there are instances when teachers themselves try to cheat, and I'm proud to say that I've succeeded in cheating the cheat on such an occasion. The last but not least, cheating gives the smart scholars-for-hire the opportunity to earn money. So make your own decision. Maybe sometimes cheating is justified?


NB! The following essay is not directly related to the Internet cheating, but we are publishing it because of its topical ideas and good style.

Lena Gorlevskaya, group 311 claims:

I think that everyone of us has done a bit of cheating in our life. I suppose you will agree that making cribs is an inalienable part of school and student' life. There is a large variety of cheating techniques - making cribs, using hands-free wire on your handy, dictaphone and other devices. But that doesn't really matter.

Actually, it's quite a complicated thing to do. One needs to acquire certain skills. As people say, there are two sides of one coin. And this is related to the issue of cheating as well. It may be really useful if you make cribs yourself, but if you use someone else's, then they are of no use to you. As for me, I find it a good thing to do. I used to make cribs rather often, but I only turned to them a couple of times. I think there are certain advantages of making cribs: 1) you revise what you've already learned while making them; 2) secondly, perhaps it's my personal peculiar feature, it just makes you feel more confident when you enter the classroom, even when you are sure you know everything yourself.

The other thing related to the issue in question is cheating for sale. When I entered the university I saw an advertisement on the wall - offering help in writing essays, term and graduation papers for a certain fee. I made a small opinion poll among my friends. And that's what I learned from them: most of them had turned to that resource. But what you get is just a good basis for your own work - not more. You can use it as an expanded plan or additional information. Quite often you have to double-check it carefully, because people who offer such help just search information for you; they don't specialize in a particular field. That's why they make lots of mistakes.

Well, to conclude, I'd like to say that I don't blame people for that kind of cheating - it's quite a natural thing. But still, you have to study hard yourself. Cheating must just help you, but it shouldn't become your main instrument of study.


Valery Koliuchaya, group 305 reasons:

First of all let's define the two concepts - cheating and plagiarism. According to the Longman dictionary of contemporary English, "to cheat" means "to behave in a dishonest way in order to win an advantage, while "to plagiarize" means "to take words, ideas, etc. from someone else's work and use them in one's own work without admitting one has done so. If we combine these two, we will get one very popular social phenomenon: the use of someone else's work in order to get the advantage.

We won't discuss here the global problem of cheating and plagiarism (including the breach of copyright and other offences, resulting in civil liability), we will try to consider school-cheating only. One may say it is the novelty of modern civilization and its invention - the Internet. Of course, it isn't true! But it is difficult to argue, that the scale of cheating grows in proportion to the computarisation and Internet-expansion. Statistics prove that "paper" is among the first five most frequently mentioned words at web-sites search. Who needs cheating? Of course, students: to get good grades and more free time with all the ensuing consequences.

But not only students cheat! An investigation at New York schools has uncovered what is being described as the biggest cheating scandal in the history of the U.S. Staff at 32 schools across the city helped students cheat in public exams, a government investigator has found. Some teachers handed out questions in advance, others gave out correct answers during exams. Staff cheated to improve their school's overall performance, or to give their own careers a boost. In this case the real victims are the students who were given a false impression of their abilities. And you are too naive if you think the teachers of the given 32 schools were the only ones to cheat. […]

Two professors - He Yunfeng from China and David Robb, New Zealand are quoted everywhere in the Internet. They both confess that the problem of plagiarism and cheating exists in their countries and they offer the imposition of "Academic Penalties" on those, who plagiarise: from course failure to dismissal. But they are aware of the fact: plagiarism is difficult to define.

The only country, that seems to have found (or at least invented) the way-out is Great Britain. Internet.ru reports, that a new technology - Plagiarism Advisory Service - will be soon inculcated in all educational institutions to allow professors indicate the real source of student's work. A special technology scans the text of papers and matches it with different colours: red for more than 75% of plagiarism, blue - for less than 10%. Moreover, PAS also gives links to web-sites, from which the work has been taken. This month the project is going to be tested in a number of schools and universities throughout Britain.

As for me, I don't think this plan is too bright: those who really need cheating will find the way out. Moreover, I'm not sure anyone needs this practice: students are taught too many irrelevant subjects and they have to write too many papers. They waste time while they could have studied something really essential. Besides, cheating is sure to be revealed later - during one's work: no one will keep an unprofessional employee even if he has a diploma with distinction and Master of All Sciences-grade. And the last point - to my mind, cheating is rather the problem of inner culture and morality than anything else. In criminal law even capital punishment can't prevent murder. How can we be sure that anything like PAS or whatever will be able to stop cheating?

 

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