Top 5 Reasons Students Cheat

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A recent Brilliant or Insane post sparked some discussion on Twitter about cheating in school.

So, why do students cheat?

My own 20 years as a classroom teacher and many discussions with colleagues and on social media helped me craft a very long list of reasons why students cheat in school. After some contemplation, I cut the list to what I see as the most important reasons.

Top 5 Reasons Students Cheat in School
  1. Pressure to make grades
  2. Pressure to conform
  3. Pressure from parents
  4. Pressure from teachers
  5. Belief that there is no value in the activity

Notice that four of the reasons are about pressure. Should learning involve pressure?

Are there other reasons students cheat in school that should have made the top 5?

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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