About 75 percent of high school students have admitted to cheating on something in high school , suggesting that probably even more than three quarters of high school students have done something against the rules to improve their grades. With an increasingly competitive atmosphere and a culture that some say is more accepting of cheating than it was in past generations, cheating has sadly become somewhat expected at high schools across the country. Chartiers Valley is no exception to this plague.
Assistant principle Mr. Butts stated, “I see at least 4 people a week in my office due to cheating” When asked how prevalent he thought the issue was, he said, “It’s hard to say what makes cheating common and acceptable. There are many different opinions about the prevalence of cheating yesterday and today and why students are so likely to take part. One idea is that the competitive pressures placed on children at a very young age carry on with them through high school and college. With so much pressure to stand out as the smartest in a class, some students may give in to the opportunity to succeed at the price of integrity. With colleges looking at thousands and thousands of applications each year students may consider cheating to get an extra edge in getting excepted to universities. I’m not condoning cheating but as a student here i see it almost everyday and it does have a dramatic impact on students’ GPA’s. Some students that cheat may have the actual intelligence for a 2.5 but end up with a 3.3 GPA.”