Why cheating is on the rise

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Loss of academic Integrity is the result of pressures in the school environment.

The average high school student experiences a myriad of pressures in school: there is the pressure to take more AP classes, pressure to have a strong GPA and pressure to score highly on the ACT and SAT.

In high school it can seem like academic achievement is the determining factor in a successful life, and for all these reasons academic integrity is declining. At a young age, most people are taught that cheating is morally wrong. However, there are many different motivations for attempting to cheat the system.

Some people are complacent and cheat because of a lack of motivation, but high achieving students are just as likely, if not more likely to cheat because they hold themselves up to high, and maybe even unreachable, standards.

Although students are responsible for their own actions and should act on their morals, the school environment and our society may be partially responsible for students resorting to cheating. People have the mentality that there will always be a stronger and more qualified applicant in line for colleges or jobs, and this mentality is destructive because students become more concerned about staying competitive than they are about genuinely learning for personal growth.

In school it is easy to feel like intelligence is quantified by grade letters and test scores and futures are determined by a couple of standardized tests. Students become engrossed in this mind set day in and day out and this leads to a loss of integrity.

If more people began to divert their attention away from how many AP classes they are taking, how high their GPA is and what they scored on the SAT and ACT, people may begin to view education as a key component in personal growth, instead of a key component in staying competitive among peers.

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