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When Students Cheat Liberals Retreat

DG in GA Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 11:30 AM
I had a similar experience in college 35 years ago. One of my many jobs was to act as a proctor for exams so the professors did not have to "waste their time" sitting in a classroom while students took tests. During one exam, I saw several students cheating, passing notes and looking on each others' tests. When they turned in their exam papers, I segregated the exams of the people who cheated, and reported them to the prof, who did nothing. The next time I proctored for that prof, when I saw people cheat I took their exam papers away, ripped them up and tossed them in the trash. The prof gave those students a make-up exam. This in spite of the fact that our college had a policy of expulsion for cheating.
DG in GA Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 11:32 AM
I saw this happen with other professors as well. The excuse the professors gave was "They'll learn later on in life that cheating is not the way to succeed." Really? Exactly when was the revelation supposed to happen? In the meantime, the other students were harmed because the profs were grading on a curve. If cheaters got high scores, it gave non-cheaters with lower scores lower grades. I decided not to proctor for those professors any more, since the department head didn't care either.
The best argument against liberalism is that it doesn’t work. That should be obvious to any teacher who has to deal with student cheating. Even some sociology teachers are beginning to learn this although they are not aware that they are learning it. Like rats in a Skinner box, their behavior is being modified by reality even when they lack the intellectual capacity to recognize it. It warms my heart to see old liberals changing their ways, even if mindlessly. So I have written a column about it, which I am hoping will someday be reprinted by the New York Times....