The logic of collegiate cheating

I find it interesting that no one ever seems to address the main reason that so many students feel no shame about cheating, cyber or otherwise, is that they know that a college education isn’t about education, it’s merely purchasing an employment ticket:

In a study of 1222 undergraduates, Selwyn[1] examined differences in cybercheating levels between a variety of majors and student types. Overall results? 61.9% of students cybercheat.

And why shouldn’t they? If you’re not attending college to learn anything and if your professors are more interested in indoctrinating you than educating you, it stands to reason that you should act to ensure that you graduate with the best grades and the least amount of effort.

If anyone is going to be held accountable for cheating, it should be the university administrators and professoriats. They are the ones who are fraudulently selling promises of employability, after all. My only regret about college, besides a) not dropping out after my sophmore year to sell sound boards, and b)not playing soccer instead of concentrating on track, is that I didn’t cheat at all. I managed a decent GPA while combining an absolute minimum of effort – by which I mean not even showing up to campus until the third week in the semester – with never cheating on anything. But with a little selective cheating, I could have easily nailed down a 4.0 and graduated with honors. C’est la vie.

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