Cheating is rampant in our public schools. So many students admit to it in anonymous surveys. And is it any wonder? It’s not an inherent lack of moral fiber. It’s the predictable result of a system that stresses grades over all else. When grades are the end goal, of course people only consider how to get good grades.
Lowest Common Denominator
It’s no secret that public schools teach to the lowest common denominator. They even admit it, though they don’t use so many words. They talk about targeting struggling students. Or teachers are reprimanded for going beyond the curriculum. Or teachers deride brighter students because they aren’t there for them. Or they talk about educational inequality.
Sean Vivier is a former staff member at Mountain Laurel Sudbury School, a former public school and Montessori school teacher, and an aspiring novelist. He is currently working as a web developer.