Let’s face it: cheating on tests is just lame. I personally think that it’s even worse when it’s done by adults.
Let’s have a look at the following scenerio…
It’s a break time. The teacher is not in the classroom. Some students may feel a bit too reckless and cheeky, when the teacher is not around…
There are three characters in our play: two adults on the look-out, and one adult standing by the teacher desk.There is one more person sitting in the classroom that is not in any collaboration with the students involved.
The student standing by the teacher desk is going through the recently collected tests that now are lying in the box. The person sitting asks what the intention of the person interested in the tests is. The person going through the tests stops what he’s doing, hesitates for a second with his answer to eventually say that it’s actually about a report he handed to the teacher during the lesson. Then the same person turns away from the box to have a better look at the teacher desk in front of him. He finds quickly the above-mentioned report in order to scribble a few words on it. Whether the person really wrote anything on the report or not is not clear. Why the person was going through the tests and asked the others to be on the look-out seems quite obvious – he wanted to do something that the teacher would definitely not approve… That’s the assumption – Hence the title of my post – Did he or did he not attempt to change his answers?
Adults trying to improve their scores on a listening test are just in the wrong. Someone should be there to stop them from commiting a self-destrutive act like the one described.
The incident that I just described took place in one of the language schools where immigrants and refugees can learn Swedish. Learning a foreign language is difficult. I get it as I’m one of those immigrants. Not everyone has the time, energy and knack for it, I get it. But any illegal attempt to improve one’s chances of being moved to a higher level is just idiotic. It doesn’t benefit anyone – the new teacher gets to teach a weak student, and the student gets to be moved to a level that is too challenging. The photo above tells it all – you can’t fake riding a bike – you either practice & learn or cheat through the theoretical part & fall off 😀 ta-da!
Of course, the are cases of students who fail exams due to getting too nervous. Yet I still believe that cheating is not the answer!