In a study released earlier this week in the New York Times, students at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan - New York's most elite public high school, discussed the "how's and why's" of cheating in the school's highly competitive academic environment.
Students identified that their methods of cheating went from creating a classic "cheat sheet", to a code of tapping the on the desks, to sharing answers via text. Other students identified that often they would share test questions with friends who will be taking the same text or quiz later in the day... to some of the students this didn't really amount to cheating... the school would disagree as is evident in the school's honor code.
The importance of academic achievement is constantly drilled into students at Stuyvesant and some of the kids said that in order to achieve the grades demanded by faculty and parents... it is the only way. They claim that morality and ethics have very little to do with reality; they would rather cheat and get an 'A' then study for a few hours and get only a 'B'...
Other students claim that the punishment for cheating is relatively light so there is not much risk... even when getting caught. Well meaning teachers often do not turn students in for fear that their scholarships and college acceptance would be in jeopardy... the response of the student is to abuse the leniency of the faculty by cheating more.
The administration is now seeking to make examples of offenders an enforce the school's honor code. Teacher are being instructed to turn any and all cheaters into the administration or face their own professional punishments...