Could Your Kid Be Cheating in School?
8 sneaky signs that your child may be cutting corners to make the grade
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It's 10 P.M. and your seventh grader still has a history test to study for and five chapters of Huckleberry Finn to read with essay questions to answer. This evening, soccer practice kept her busy until seven, and she's exhausted because she's been up since 6 A.M. putting the final touches on her science fair display board. Getting a bad grade or handing in work late isn't an option—this is an indisputable fact of life in your household. Would it be so terrible then, she wonders, to ask her best friend if he could copy her homework or to write some important historical facts in ink on the palm of her hand?
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The temptation to cheat in school is nothing new—it's existed ever since children and schools first made each other's acquaintance. But it seems that the high-pressure, competitive environment of today's classrooms is pushing more and more kids to resort to academic dishonesty. In a study by the Josephson Institute Center for Ethics in Los Angeles, 64 percent of high school students admitted to cheating on a test in the last year. But short of catching your kid in the act of plagiarizing off of the Internet, would you know if she were breaking the rules? If more than a few of the following statements are true for your child, be extra-vigilant where cheating is concerned.
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