Parent Alert: Could Your Child be Plagiarizing Homework?

“Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.” ~Lady Marguerite Blessington

Most of us would gasp if we received a call that our child cheated on his or her Algebra test by looking at another student’s paper. But did you know there’s another form of cheating going on in schools today that is just as destructive to students? Hastened by Internet access and a 24/7 culture of social sharing, plagiarism is a practice that could be costing students academically and psychologically.

In a survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools, Donald McCabe of Rutgers University found that 64 percent of students admitted to cheating on a test, 58 percent admitted to plagiarism and 95 percent said they participated in some form of cheating, be it was on a test, plagiarism, or copying homework.

Defining the problem

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