School & District Management

High-Tech or Low-Tech, It’s Still Cheating

By Catherine Gewertz — June 19, 2009 1 min read

We all know kids cheat. And we know they use technology to do it. Here’s an interesting study that tries to document the sneakiness: it reports that one-third of teenagers with cell phones admit having used them to cheat, and half admit cheating via the Internet.

A story on the report by my colleague Kathleen Kennedy Manzo points up more worrisome stuff: how teenagers feel about what they’re doing. Most don’t think it’s a big deal to store notes on their cell phones to use during tests.

I’ve written about school districts’ struggles with cell phone policy, most notably in New York, so I know that perfect solutions to managing cell phone use at school are elusive. But this study suggests one more time that we really need to do a better job shaping young people’s beliefs about the ethics of their actions.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.