WBEZ | cheating http://www.wbez.org/tags/cheating Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: New book offers lessons on surviving infidelity http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-02/morning-shift-new-book-offers-lessons-surviving <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Noel_Shush -courtesy of ashleymadison.com_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cheating can be a devastating blow to not just your relationship, but your ego as well. How do you pick up the pieces and move on? Also, with the digital age upon us, how do news organizations keep up with the times?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-surviving-infidelity.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-surviving-infidelity" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: New book offers lessons on surviving infidelity" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-02/morning-shift-new-book-offers-lessons-surviving Why do college students cheat? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/why-do-college-students-cheat-102466 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP612514602326.jpg" title="A cheating investigation at Harvard University calls us to ask why so many students cheat. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)" /></div><p>Harvard University found itself in the news thisweek when <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/sports/ncaabasketball/harvard-cheating-scandal-revives-debate-over-athletics.html?pagewanted=all">125 undergraduates, many of them varsity athletes, were accused of cheating on a take-home exam</a>. But the accused at Harvard are hardly alone: Donald McCabe of Rutgers University, who has been monitoring student cheating since 1990, reported in an article in <em>Time</em>&nbsp;Magazine that in a 2010-2011 survey, 62 percent of undergraduates admitted to cheating on exams or term papers.</p><p>I&rsquo;ve been teaching at the university level for over 40 years and I believe this number &mdash;&nbsp;62 percent of the students cheat or plagiarize &mdash;&nbsp;is somewhat of an exaggeration, and has to be put into context. I know from my years in the classroom that students will and do cheat. But, and this is an important but, it&rsquo;s not the case that 62 percent of all students are cheating all the time. The disappointing fact is that lots of students cut a few corners at least one, sought out inappropriate help, got someone to finish an assignment for them, paraphrased more than is usually allowed or faked a footnote or two. But my experience does not lead me to believe that the majority of students are cheating all the time. Teachers don&#39;t have to be constantly on guard or in an adversarial relationship with their students.</p><p>The &ldquo;exact number&rdquo; of students who cheat is less interesting to me than knowing<em> why</em> students cheat. On one level students cheat for all sorts of pedestrian reasons: not being properly prepared, issues of time management, the raw fear of failure. But there are darker and more alarming reasons as well.</p><p>Unfortunately, a lot of students cheat because they don&rsquo;t take college seriously. They feel that they are there because they have to be &mdash;&nbsp;to get a job and get on with their lives. Too many college students are totally bored with the academic part of the university experience. And, because they are bored, as Donald McCabe suggests, they feel that &ldquo;they can make their own rules.&rdquo; College for too many students is about social contacts, future business contacts or just plain fun, before they are slowed down by the responsibilities of adult life. Consequently, if they are bored and their interests really lie elsewhere, cheating makes sense.</p><p>I think all universities and colleges need to address this issue. When I was an undergraduate, (just after Guttenberg developed moveable type) cheating of any kind meant you were automatically dismissed from the university, end of issue. I know it sounds Draconian, and it is &mdash; I don&rsquo;t think it we should reinitiate this kind of policy. But I do know we have to do something. We need to change the college culture and, perhaps the place to start is to remind our students that no matter how much money their family has, college is a privilege and not an entitlement. Nor should college simply be seen as a job fair. It&rsquo;s about character formation. And do they really want to cheat on that?</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/why-do-college-students-cheat-102466 State cheating investigation stalled http://www.wbez.org/news/education/state-cheating-investigation-stalled-98270 <p><p>Illinois education officials say cases of cheating on state exams by teachers and principals are on the rise.</p><p>Those cases add to a pile of about 300 other cases of misconduct that range from cheating to inappropriate relationships with students.</p><p>That’s why this year the Illinois State Board of Education wants to double the amount of money dedicated to investigations, restoring it to 2011 levels.</p><p>Darren Reisberg, deputy superintendent at the state Board of Education, said the money would help his department speed up the process or hire an investigator to help with the caseload.</p><p>Misconduct investigations are timely and cost a significant amount of money, Reisberg said.</p><p>The state is also still investigating suspicious patterns on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which is taken by every third through eighth grade student.</p><p>That analysis would look for high number of answers changed from wrong to right, unlikely large gains from one year to the next and classrooms where a significant number of students answered a difficult question correctly, but missed an easy one.</p><p>State board spokeswoman Mary Fergus said that analysis is not complete.</p><p>In the past, the state has relied on districts to report allegations of misconduct and testing irregularities. According to those reports, there have been 33 cases of possible cheating since 2005.</p><p>But the likelihood lawmakers will grant the board the money it’s requesting is unlikely.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget does not increase funding for investigations. Two House resolutions passed last month also limit the state’s education budget to $6.5 billion, $523 million less than what the state board is proposing.</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:54:08 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/state-cheating-investigation-stalled-98270 Is sexting cheating? Read this before you hit send http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-07/sexting-cheating-read-you-hit-send-87554 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-08/istock_000000221047medium.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announced he had tweeted to the world a lewd photo of himself he had meant to send to one woman privately.</p><p>For many, the reaction to Weiner's lewd photo texts has been disgust and bewilderment. But the phenomenon is more common than you may think. Even the AARP has covered the trend, with the headline: "Sexting Not Just for Kids."</p><p>"Absolutely," says relationship coach Suzanne Blake. "Many married couples do this [with each other]. People are working different shifts, they're traveling, they're stressed, they don't get to see each other a lot. So it's a playful way of keeping connected."</p><p>But of course, just about every good thing about the Internet seems to have a downside risk.</p><p>"What texting does is allow you to get this immediate validation, or fix," says Eli Karam, a marriage therapist at the University of Louisville. "You send a picture, you get an immediate response, and you don't have to deal with any face-to-face interaction."</p><p>Thus, the ease and attraction of sexting with complete strangers.</p><p><strong>Is It Cheating?</strong></p><p>At his news conference, Weiner stressed that he'd had no physical relationship outside his marriage. So, is this cheating?</p><p>"I say a relationship is a relationship, whether you touch that person or not," Karam says.</p><p>In fact, he says research shows this kind of virtual, or "emotional infidelity," can be just as harmful as a physical fling.</p><p>Blake says it's true that sexting may not <em>feel</em> as wrong as meeting someone in a hotel. She cites the experience of one female client:</p><p>"It happened several times where she'd been on a business trip, she met somebody, and then they exchanged sexting afterwards," Blake says. "And she is married. I had to actually say to her, 'Do you realize this is cheating?' "</p><p>Even when committed couples are zinging photos back and forth, Blake offers words of caution. One client, a 55-year-old woman, was sexting happily with a boyfriend who traveled a lot, sending photos with messages like, "Missing seeing you." Then the woman had a problem with her cellphone and took it to a store for help.</p><p>"When she tried to show the technician what was happening," Blake says, "this body part showed up on her screen. It was very embarrassing to her!"</p><p>Blake's advice, for ordinary sexters and high-profile politicians alike: delete, delete, delete. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-07/sexting-cheating-read-you-hit-send-87554