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Cheating and Its Benefits

Cheating and Its Benefits

Now more than ever, students are constantly cheating on assignments due to the rise of AI (artificial intelligence) that immediately solves their math problems and writes their essays with the click of a button. Statistics show that more than 86% of all students in high school have cheated at least once in their life. Students also often rely on other students and put no effort into their work so that they can copy their friends, which requires no effort. But exactly how beneficial is it for you? It might be helpful in the short term, but have you ever considered the long-term consequences? The whole point of school is learning to read and write, and cheating erodes the foundation of personal development and academic integrity.
Two high school students passing note during the exam in the classroom. Teenage girls cheating during exam and passing paper note in the classroom. Dishonesty Stock Photo

Cheating by depending on artificial intelligence doesn’t let you learn anything. It makes teachers worried that their students won’t be able to apply the skills they learn in class, and more advanced artificial intelligence makes it more difficult for teachers to differentiate a student’s work from ChatGPT (an AI system). The article information may also not be correct. The risk of being incorrect and scoring low on assignments isn’t worth the possibility that your laziness can lead to failure. Students may often feel that completing an assignment is a safe, easy, and reliable option, but how will it benefit them when they have tests and cannot cheat? Putting your grade at risk for additional gaming time isn’t a worthwhile exchange. Students may not realize it now, but their cheating and academic honesty are taken much more seriously in college. Getting caught could result in a suspension, expulsion, and even a revocation of scholarships. Even if AI is your temporary escape, you won’t be able to escape from having to pay for your actions later on.

Plagiarism concept with colleagues at work

Additionally, another form of cheating that isn’t AI includes plagiarism. Whether it’s your friends or copied from the internet, this proves your academic dishonesty and inability to do your work, having to rely on others. It takes away the value of hard work and honesty and is also hard to get away with. Plagiarism has many consequences, such as taking one’s work and claiming it as your own, and some punishments are more intense than others. It can destroy your reputation as a student and your academic reputation because future teachers and professors will have a hard time trusting if your work is stolen or your own, not just in the academic world but also in the real world, where people will hesitate to associate themselves with you out of fear.

There are also many legal consequences if someone else’s work is used without proper citation and credit, and some plagiarism can even be taken to prison. In an interview with Kristi L. Mann, a high school teacher in Duncan, S.C., she expresses,” Students don’t consider copying homework to be cheating, I’ve discovered, because they “… were just borrowing the homework.” Whether students temporarily borrow a piece of homework from another student or copy it, cheating is cheating, and there is a difference between drawing inspiration from another person’s work and fooling it word for word.

Overall, cheating is wrong in and out of school, and risking your reputation and grades isn’t worth a single assignment you were too lazy to do. It’s much easier to properly prepare yourself for a test instead of worrying whether or not the teacher will catch you cheating. It can lead to severe consequences, lack of knowledge, and putting your future opportunities at risk.

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Jaelynn T (10) is a current Sophomore at Santiago High School class of 2026 and plans to take all honor and advanced placement classes during her 4 year experience. Jaelynn joined journalism due to her love and passion for writing and expressing her opinions and being a voice for others. Her interest in writing developed when she wrote mini books during recess and going above and beyond to write the best essay out there, perfecting every detail and minor issue. Writing became a resort to her personal problems and sorrow for difficult times. She loves watching shows and movies in her free time and plays tennis twice a week. She listens to music during every opportunity she has, collecting vinyls and CDs from her favorite artists and enjoys traveling and eating. Her favorite season is winter due to her fond memories of Christmas and adoration of cold and cozy weather. Her favorite way to decompress and spend her spare time is hanging out and talking to friends in real life and on social media. To her friends, she is a great listener and gives considerate and honest advice and feedback and provides overall entertainment and does the most to make someone laugh and comfort them. After graduating high school, Jaelynn plans to continue her education and continue her studies at a 4-year university in the country. She aspires to pursue a career as a teacher and major in education during her courses in college. You may reach her at [email protected]
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