By Erin Antonishen Knock knock. Is anyone there? But wait, this isn’t a knock knock joke. This is an eloquent “morse code” that students use to enable incognito communication during testing. Shockingly, a series of knocks or clicks is enough to relay the answers between students- one knock for A, two knocks for B, so on and so forth. As education continues to become more and more competitive, students are reaching new extremes to get an upper hand on test taking and cheat their way to an undeserving A.
With advancing technology on the constant up rise, cheating has become more readily available than ever. As Lahser embraced a new cell phone policy at the start of the 2012 school year, concerns over insincere test taking are only increasing in the classroom. Lahser Principal, Charlie Hollerith, comments on the effect this newly implemented policy could have on cheating, “Modern technology certainly places students in an undetectable zone for cheating.” He continues, “On the flip side, this policy encourages teachers to stray away from test forms that easily accomodate cheating and provide students with tests that require open-ended thinking.”
Alternative methods of cheating will undoubtfully continue to flourish into the future. All that can be done to help unravel this academic dishonesty is to continue to encourage students to instill complete sincerity within their academics and beyond.