Cheaters that are simply trying to achieve their tragically high goals, and who have found that it has become unacceptable to drop a single ball that they are juggling whilst jumping through the flaming hoops of potential colleges. Wenke argues that students who would normally not be susceptible to evil are almost forced into cheating. This happens when they realize that the students who do cheat are typically more successful and have slightly higher test scores than those who dont. Wenke closes by warning that these smart cheaters are going to be the same people who become heads of businesses and presidents of big corporations. She recommends that we think about the future issues that come with having cheaters rule our country, and suggests that when the thirst for knowledge returns in a students mind, and the desire for the grade without the work dissolves, cheating will finally begin its decline.
My own view is that while everyone knows cheating is wrong, the benefits have come to far outweigh the consequences. I will try my hardest to be prepared for a test, and to take it honestly, but if something comes up that Im not prepared for, I have no qualms with using the test I aced to patch the piece of my rather sorry-looking soul Ive torn apart. Its a fact that almost everyone at Hanford, especially the smart ones, have cheated. For example, when asked as an AP Lang class to raise our hands if we had cheated before, just the other day, everyones hands went up; however reluctantly. Even Jonah Bartrand, who is in all respects a shining example of academic purity, admitted the next day that he had collaborated on lab write-ups, which his biology teacher clearly forbade.
No one escapes the guilt, but its just so easy to ignore when youre reaping the benefits. Integrity is a hypothetical comfort, but a good grade is a tangible, therapeutic stress-ball that can always prove beyond a doubt that youre successful. I think that there is really is just too much pressure. Too much pressure to be talented, and service-oriented, and diverse, but dedicated. Too much pressure to be exceptional in every subject. Too much pressure to view high school as anything but a place to solidify qualifications for later on in life. When that goal is put so temptingly in front of someone, someone who has is determined to succeed, what is supposed to stop them from copying-and-pasting a paragraph from Wikipedia? Cheating has become too easy to justify. The means are everywhere, the perpetrators are everyone, and the results are guaranteed. Its a frightening statement, but I think that the ends really have come to justify the means.