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Ethical Dimensions Of Cheating Examined In Week’s News

An author, Dave Tomar, speaks in the New York Times in rgards to how he wrote several lesson plans and "individualized education programs" for current and future teachers. Dave Tomar previously wrote a book about how he helped college students cheat, by serving as a ghostwrite for papers. By discussing his past and speaking about how he has helped both students and teachers, he in response, is not shocked by newsline headings that express some sort of cheating scandal. With the great stress teachers are under to get their students to pass state proficiency exams, it is no wonder they would stoop to aiding them. By changing wrong answers to the right ones during grading, shows how when under great stress, you may choose the unethical path, to save your career and assisting your students at the same time. But the true question is "Are they really helping them?". By changing their answers and possibly providing a passing grade as a result, should they technically move on to the next grade, which will be more challenging. The biggest question that arises post the publicization of these scandals in Washington, Los Angeles, and Atlanta is "Where do teachers learn this type of behavior?". The answer to this is simple: "like everybody else, teachers start off as students." This unethical decision may reflect the challenging effects of teachers and student who may feel overwhelmed , however, at no point is cheating the ethical decision.

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