Cheat can mean many things to people, many immediately think about relationships…
This is not what came to my mind first however, I do not know whether this is because I am happy in the relationship I am in, or whether I am naive to the cheating environment.
Cheat…. or cheating (a doing word) the teacher in me exploded out and all I could think about was those students that asked me to help them cheat in their Maths GCSE. Now the fact that the GCSE results came out last Thursday may be the main reason why this has been on my mind.
I have been a teacher only for about 2 and a half years and yet there have always been the students that have asked me to help them cheat. The reasons why I do not help them cheat are these:
- It is not worth my job
- Student have never worked out a good enough bribe (although some students did once offer to pay for me to go on a cruise)
- I am not actually in the room as an invigilator
- THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON –> It does not help the student.
Through the last two years I have tried to explain to my students that if I help them cheat in their functional or GCSE exam, how will this help them in the real world? My attitude is I would prefer to put the extra effort in to supporting the student understand the topic in which they are struggling with. Now I know that many (optimism), some, may read this and think well surely this is all teachers attitude. Well, no it isn’t. I have not only heard but have seen with my two eyes, blatant cheating to ensure that achievement figures look ‘pretty’. I have seen teachers cheat in exams because they felt sorry for the student.
To be honest I think if a teacher cheats for a student, they are doing it for themselves. At the end of the day it helps their numbers, it makes them look good and probably makes themselves feel good as well. So you know what if cheating is seen it needs to be stopped, because I tell you what it makes my life harder as a teacher with unrealistic expectations and it dam well makes a students life harder.
What do you think?