Thursday, April 15, 2004


Cheaters. Who likes them? Supposedly we have a natural distaste for cheaters who get around the system, but I've been saying for a couple of years now that that particular mindset has been replaced with the bottome line.

It's not about learning, it's about the grade. It's not about learning how to be a constructive human being, a "whole person" as Henry Newman would say, instead it's about a piece of paper that will get a person a job. It's sad, really, that we must define ourselves this way. It's also sad that so many students cheat.

The biggest cheaters on college campus? Take a guess. If you remember all those wonderful stories about Enron, Tyco, and Mrtha Stewart, you would be correct in your prediction of business students. Moral clarity and ethics seems to be for social issues like homosexual marriage or affirmative action, but when it comes to making some bucks, it's a ok.

Paul Melendez, a University of Arizona administrator and lecturer, says:

What students do in the classroom has direct bearing to what they'll do later in the business world, says Melendez. "To us, there is a connection," he said. "If you cheat on exams and try to gain advantage through unethical behavior, that mind-set can be pervasive and carry over into careers and decision making."

Yeah, just look at Haliburton.

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