Definition: Cheating – to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage
Cheating is one of the worst things ANY student can do. Not only is it dishonest, but it academically cripples the person who does it. If they cheat once, then they must do it again and again – some cheat for years – NOT because they want to, but because they NEED to.
I would be willing to bet that cheating is more of a problem in homeschool families than most of us want to believe or admit. In the homeschool community, no parent EVER wants to admit that their child has cheated on a test to boost their score – it’s embarrassing!! … And, it makes a parent feel like they are not measuring up as a teacher.
It was once an issue in my family – and we handled it – swiftly and justly – but it really caused me to become curious; ‘are other homeschool families dealing with this type of thing as well, or is it only me?’ So I started to ask other moms – and the response was literally the SAME across the board. First, there is the look of shock (because of the nature of the question), then there is the look of shame (uh-oh), then, there is either truth or denial (but by this time I already knew the answer by their obvious reaction).
There is a reason why people cheat – the obvious (but not the only) reason is ‘to boost their scores’ – but there is a deeper reason for this plaguing problem – Too much pressure for excellent scores… Not enough studying….the subject is too difficult to understand, etc…. You must get to the root of the problem before you correct it, so it won’t happen again (on a larger scale).
Right now, your child may be in an informal atmosphere where it’s easy to cheat – but what will happen if they go to an outside school, or college? When they take the SAT will they be able to cheat as well? Here are some things YOU can do to prevent, or combat cheating:
. Keep your answer keys locked up, inaccessible, or with you – at all times.
. As much as possible – YOU check your child’s work instead of letting them check it themselves.
. Be watchful. We ALL fall into temptation.
If you find your child is cheating, homeschool parent, PLEASE don’t take it lightly or overlook it…. This is something you will want to take very seriously – their future success depends on your response.
“Cheating in school is a form of self-deception. We go to school to learn. We cheat ourselves when we coast on the efforts and scholarship of someone else. – James E. Faust