February 1, 2012
Society trusts teachers and school administrators to deliver a lesson arguably more important than reading and math: Cheating is not only forbidden but dishonorable. How discouraging and frustrating it is, then, to discover yet another instance in which an institution itself has been caught violating the rules. On Monday, Claremont McKenna College announced that an official there inflated the SAT scores of incoming students to make the school look good in national rankings, including the overhyped lists published annually in U.S. News & World Report.
December 29, 2001
Thank you for Christopher Knight's illuminating article on the dust-up caused by David Hockney's new book ("There's Nothing Wrong With Artists Using Tricks of the Trade," Dec. 11). Those involved in the controversy, including art historians, show a remarkable lack of understanding of creating a work of art. There is no such thing as "cheating." The concept simply does not apply; it is not a math test. There is no aid which will coax a great painting out of a mediocre artist. JAYCLE INGERSOLL Beverly Hills
April 6, 2012 |
If you're one of the millions of new players of the addictive online Pictionary-like game Draw Something (which earned its maker, OMGPOP, a $180-million payday from buyer Zynga), you know there's one thing that Draw Something players can't seem to erase: cheating. For those who haven't played, the game mechanics are simple. You, the artist, are given a palette of colors and a word to draw out with your finger. The object is to get your opponent to guess it correctly. If she does, you both get play money that can be used to buy in-game stuff like new paint colors and brush shapes.
April 27, 2012 |
Kids -- and their parents -- are so intent on the most glowing high school records that almost anything goes. Professional tutors and counselors galore. Cheating by so-called honor students is at mortifying levels, and it doesn't end once they get into that name college. Professors report unending grade-grubbing by students, to the extent that the parents leap in to defend their darlings. And then we wonder why these supposed young adults are unable to cope with the real world after graduation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2011 |
The stress was overwhelming. For years, this veteran teacher had received exemplary evaluations but now was feeling pressured to raise her students' test scores. Her principal criticized her teaching and would show up to take notes on her class. She knew the material would be used against her one day. "My principal told me right to my face that she — she was feeling sorry for me because I don't know how to teach," the instructor said. The Los Angeles educator, who did not want to be identified, is one of about three dozen in the state accused this year of cheating, lesser misconduct or mistakes on standardized achievement tests.
March 30, 2013 |
A former Atlanta schools superintendent helped fuel widespread cheating on standardized tests with bonuses for increased scores and a practice of punishing whistleblowers and praising cheaters, prosecutors said. Beverly Hall, who resigned from Atlanta Public Schools in 2011, was indicted along with 34 fellow educators Friday. They are accused of participating in a widespread conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests. Hall and others benefited from the cheating by taking bonuses for increased test scores, according to the 65-count indictment which was posted online by the New York Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
Re Christine Baron's Feb. 23 column, "Cheating: Students' Fault or Do Teachers Share Blame?" I cannot believe that anyone, particularly a teacher, could or would explain cheating as anything but a criminal and unethical act committed by the person doing the cheating. To imply that the teacher is in some way responsible for students' cheating is no better than placing the blame on a child who is the victim of abuse. If anyone is to share the blame with the student it should be the parents of those students.
October 2, 1988
I do not condone schools cheating on test results. I do understand why it happens. The issue not yet addressed is societal. Society expects teachers to be responsible for what students learn. It is a teacher's job to teach well. It is the student's job to learn. A poor test result is the student's failure, not the teacher's. When our society assigns responsibilities correctly, there will be no cheating problem. I have been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified District for 31 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1992
Moore's article claims that over 75% of all college students have cheated at least once. I have no reason to doubt that statement. Another statement by the author, however, is hard to accept. In that one he blames student cheating on schools' requirement for boring subjects, professors who are uninspiring and professors who signal "students that they have little to lose by cheating." First, it seems impossible to make every subject appealing to every student. Next, no one should expect every professor to be a Richard Feynman or Carl Sagan.