In efforts to fortify our partnership with parents, here are a few pointers to deter cheating:
- Discuss cheating and what plagiarism looks like. For example, many students enjoy listening to music. Discuss with students if using someone else’s music as their own musical piece is sampling or stealing. Then relate it back to plagiarism and cheating in school. Also, Grammarly.com allows students to check their papers for plagiarism and for grammatical errors, and it’s free.
- Be aware of how students are using technology and their devices.
- Focus on students’ sense of pride. Encourage them to do their work honestly so they can have the satisfaction of telling others, “I did that on my own.”
- Ask students to consider where the world would be today if everyone cheated. How they would feel knowing that their doctor cheated on his/her medical exams or that one of their heroes cheated to get ahead?
- Assure students that cheating is not acceptable or “normal”. A few weeks ago, we had our college readiness workshops where many college representatives visited and presented to our students, faculty, and staff. As a college preparatory school, we were reminded of the severity of how cheating at the college level carries serious consequences.
- Lastly, let’s focus on the “education” factor, and fuel that children love to learn. Rather than obsess over grades and scores, encourage strong efforts and perseverance.