It’s sad to say but many students cheat on homework, projects, and tests. They think it will yield the grade needed to pass the class. They are not mature enough to look ahead. They have not thought through the repercussions of their actions. When we take actions that are not corrected and have some type of reward we take the actions more often. The more often poor actions are taken with reward the more likely they are to become habits. These bad habits become vices. Vices lead to changes in a person’s character and overall plan for their lives. Some students would not believe this line of reasoning. However, many teens understand that cheating is not a risk worth taking. At the least, the student can be caught, punished by the school, and receive a “0” on the test. If the word gets out about the student cheating it hurts their reputation and could lead to self-fulfilling prophecy.
I want to teach students that cheating is a character flaw. It is not going to earn you the “A” in the class and a mind free from guilt. It will lead to something. Hopefully, a little guilt to reaffirm that you should not do it again. Or another change could be to become more studious so that the student could understand the subject better and not feel the need to cheat. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will not cheat. Jesus Christ did it the hard way for the glory and honor of his father. We can do the same.