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Last updated on 09/23/08

Why do some children cheat?

With the world full of cell phones, computers, and iPods, transferring information is easier than it ever was before. Although some still use the traditional methods of cheating, many simply text answers to their friends and download complete research papers from the internet. A 2005 Duke University study found that 75 percent of high school students admit to cheating, and if you include copying another person's homework, that number climbs to 90 percent. Contrary to popular belief, the students most liable to cheat are the honor students. Under extreme amounts of pressure to get into good colleges, many cheat in order to maintain their perfect grade point averages. Although this problem seems to stem from the student, it is the parent’s responsibility to lay off of the pressure and competition; nobody is perfect.

In the Jewish Community

In a community where honesty is placed at utmost importance, it can be shocking to hear that children cheat. Although their values may prevent them from cheating to the extent of the statistics written above, cheating is still a problem that must be addressed in the Jewish Community. Many Jewish boys and girls are under constant pressure to achieve perfection. Children as young as elementary school age are pressured to do well to get into high school so they will get into seminary or yeshiva so they will be able to get married. Although that may sound ridiculous, it is true. Parents have to learn to have normal expectations for their child. Pressuring children can lead to problems far more serious than cheating.

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