So Many Questions, So Little Time…

27 Jan

Fat Ethan Approved

Hey…I COULD tell you that I never look for advice, but that would be a lie.  That said……

Over the years, there were several instances in which my daughters would come to me and tell me that other students in their classes were cheating.   EVERY time, I would tell them basically the same thing,” It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing.  WE DON’T CHEAT.  If you don’t get as good a grade as them, that just means that you need to study harder.  We go about things the right way. ”

But now I wonder, if by holding them to a higher standard than some of their classmates, was I tilting the playing field against them?  Was I forcing them to play the game according to a set of rules that very few others were playing by?

I mean, I understand the lofty goal of taking the high road, doing the right thing, manning (or in their case “girling”) up, being a stand-up kind of guy so on and so forth, but is that type of idealism DEAD?  Is it wrong to even teach it?

Is it just me, or does it seem that cheating has become more and more a part of the American mindset over the years?  Is it still true that cheaters never win?  Or have the cheaters taken over the game to the point where we all have to cheat at it just to compete?

Case in point, let’s look at all of the cheating scandals that have come to light over the last couple of years:

1) Harvard:
2) Air Force:

Sure, these people got CAUGHT, but the bigger story lies in the question of whether or not they only STARTED cheating in their current situations, or is it more likely that they cheated to get TO that situation?  How about those that didn’t get caught.?  I’m sure that if we knew the whole story, the numbers would indicate that it is much more widespread (and accepted?) than we thought.  I mean nowadays, cheating people out of money is almost considered a viable biz practice.

Does this lead to a bigger conversations regarding cheating within/between large corporations?

Anyway, I was just curious as to what you guys think of this?  Is it just my imagination?

( Sorry about all the questions today.  Chalk it up to the 5 cups of coffee coursing through my veins atop and sending my natural ADHD into overdrive.)


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2 responses to “So Many Questions, So Little Time…

  1. niqee

    January 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This topic should definitely be talked about more. My sophomore year in college I had a Theology class and every so often there was a pop quiz on the reading. The prof gave it right away (first 3 mins of class), they were always three multiple choice questions on a half sheet of paper (not difficult at all). One morning the prof gave the quiz and left the room to use the bathroom. One guy in the class arrived late and saw that we were taking a quiz, some people were getting up to lay their quizzes face down on the profs desk. The tardy guy came in and grabbed a blank quiz from the desk, stood up there at the desk, flipped over a face down quiz that was completed by another student, and copied it! IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE CLASS! No one said a word, unfortunately not even I said anything. My jaw was on the floor in shock that he would have the audacity to do something like that AND do it so comfortably in front of us. Looking back I should have told the professor…?

    I think you are right in teaching your girls not to cheat and to work hard. Hard working and honest people build lives that have a strong foundation. You are also right that more and more people are getting ahead by abandoning their integrity, but I don’t think they will last long. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ty McDuffie

      January 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

      First, MY thanks to YOU for reading my ranting. That means a lot.
      Secondly…… That cat cheated….in…in…in a THEOLOGY class?!?! That’s like buying a bootleg version of Passion of the Christ! (Not that I know anything about bootleg movies….personally…lol)
      Yeah…It seems like cheating/stealing/taking advantage of others is almost an accepted part of our culture now. Case in point, I recently read an article about the Dicaprio movie, The Wolf Of Wall Street. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a movie about this guy that essentially took people’s life savings by getting them to invest in worthless stock. His company took a large percentage of each dollar traded. In short, the only ones making money was him and his people. Anyway, in the article, a writer went to see it with a theater filled with Stock Brokers like the character that Dicaprio played. A lot of them cats were cheering for the guy when he did the most dirt…..Sad.
      Again, thanks for reading and I look forward to reading more of YOUR blog, too.


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