Cheating: Big Deal or Not a Problem?

A Student’s Commentary on Cheating in High School


Conner Henman, Broadcaster

Have you ever cheated on a test? Be honest, I bet you have. If you answered no to that question, congratulations. If you answered yes, however, I don’t blame you. I find myself looking for ways to get the answers without actually doing the work all the time, and I’m not ashamed of it either. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the opportunity to pay attention in class, I just like to guarantee a passing grade where I might be wrong.

Neil Degrasse Tyson — a famous astrophysicist once tweeted — “When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”

And is he wrong? Of course not, it’s Neil Degrasse Tyson. He does make a great point, whether you agree with him or not. If you’ve ever cheated on a test, you’re just proving his point.

According to the 1998 poll of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 80% of the country’s best students cheated to get to the top of their class. More than half the students surveyed said they don’t think cheating is a big deal – and most did not get caught. According to 

I can’t tell you one thing about chemistry, but I still passed the class with a C. Same goes for many other of mine and others’ previous classes.

Joe Torre — Former American Baseball player once said, “I have no problem with cheating, whatever you can get away with”. And while he’s most likely not talking about cheating on tests in high school or college, it’s really the same thing when you think about it.

I don’t know, I don’t really see a problem with it, 86 percent of college students say they’ve cheated. It’s easier than ever with mobile devices, according to

So what do you think? Do you think cheating is wrong? Or do you find cheating an effective way of maintaining a passing grade throughout high school.