Since last week's Blog did not have a question, there will not be an answer this week.
This past week in Ethic's class, we continued our discussion of the new face of leadership. We also started our unit with case studies about cheating and rules. All in all, it was a very interesting, as well as enlightening, week!
My favorite, and most interesting, part of the week was when we discussed the ethics of cheating. Ever since I was very young, I have had the ideas of "cheating is wrong" and "cheaters never win" permanently ingrained into my head. I still feel this way, but I was very interested to see that some people in the class did not! Some students were trying to justify it by saying that it was okay since everyone involved knew what they were getting in to. Personally, I do not feel that this is an excuse! Cheating is cheating is cheating. It does not matter whether it is a homework assignment, a quiz, a test, or exam; cheating is always wrong. It denies the leaner the chance to learn, and it mentally degrades them. It hurts the rest of the class and teacher as well. If there are any grade curves, the cheater's grades will throw them off. Also the teacher will get a false sense of how the class is doing. All in all, cheating has no benefits. It is bad for everyone!
In class, someone mentioned that cheating was justified because the people involved knew the consequences and accepted them. We did not really get a chance to fully discuss this, and everyone did not get a chance to answer. As mentioned before, I feel that cheating is very wrong and unethical. If someone knows the consequences of their actions, they would realize that it is wrong! An example of this would be murder. Murderers know that it is wrong and understand the consequences, but these facts do not make it right! Another example would be the use of enhancing steroids in sports. The athletes know the numerous amount of consequences involved in their use, but this absolutely does not make it ethical! This list could go on and on! Just because someone knows the consequences of a horrible action does not justify it.
Since the ethics of cheating was a big part of last weeks class, I was wondering how many people actually think cheating is ethical? What are the statistics?
Please stay tuned for the answer next week!
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