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Grade dropping is cheating

| Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grade dropping is the academic down low in higher education. It is consensual cheating. Administrators, teachers and students practice a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” partnership. However, if one is guided by liberal logic, grade dropping is not considered cheating. According to liberals, Hillary Clinton does not lie. She misspeaks. Likewise, grade dropping is not cheating. It is creative grade point averaging. However, the Oxford dictionary says otherwise.

Cheating is defined as “to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.”  Dropping a low grade in order to raise the overall average is gaining an advantage. Not only does it misrepresent the student’s actual overall performance, it impeaches integrity. However, what is worse, it is sanctioned by college professors and administrators. It appears the ancient proverb is true, “The fish does rot from the head down.”

Moreover, Stephen Covey summed up the present American attitude about cheating. Covey said, “The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat too.”

Kevin Palmer
Martinez, GA
Nov. 17

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