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4,000 Children Caught Cheating in exams – Immoral or Ingenious?


Young People Sitting an Exam

Young People Sitting an Exam

One of today’s headlines focused on the 4,000 children who got caught ‘cheating’ in their exams.

The majority of these children were apparently caught using their mobile phones to download answers to their exam questions.

I was so shocked when I heard this – not because I think these children were wrong – quite the opposite, I think they should all be praised and given an award for their ingenuity.

Isn’t it a bit peculiar how, in the twenty-first century, schools test children on the amount of information they can hold in their heads and then regurgitate on demand – when with a couple of clicks on their phones all this information is available to them!

Shouldn’t the schools be testing children on their ability to use electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers to search the World Wide Web for information that will be of use to them within the context of their lives?

It concerns me when I see hundreds of nervous looking children sitting at desks scribbling down pointless facts, figures and formulas that will most likely never surface again from their overloaded brains once they have left school.

Shouldn’t we be seeing lots of confident children sitting, walking or lying down wherever they want to, using a range of electronic devices that they can use to create or access knowledge with?

So, I think the 4,000 children who used their heads and went with the times should be given an award.

There is little doubt in my mind that many of these children, if praised rather than criticised, will go on to be leaders in education and commerce – as they have an innate intelligence to use the best tools available to them to get the job done!

Well done to all 4,000 of them for highlighting how ludicrous our educational system is!

Written by Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak

Co-founder of Dyslexic Brain

Let us know what you think about this topic by posting your comments in the box below – it will be great to read them… or email Antonio at antonio@DyslexicBrian.com


'4,000 Children Caught Cheating in exams – Immoral or Ingenious?' have 5 comments

  1. May 21, 2010 @ 3:28 am Bruce

    This is such a relevant post. How can we punish young people for using intuition and initiative to find the answers. They should be celebrated. If there are young people in exams that don’t have the drive to look up answers- then they are going to have to cram a HELL of a lot of information into their heads if they aren’t going to have to look up information and research in their future careers.

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  2. February 15, 2010 @ 4:13 pm Josh Cope

    This is such a relevant post. How can we punish young people for using intuition and initiative to find the answers. They should be celebrated. If there are young people in exams that don’t have the drive to look up answers- then they are going to have to cram a HELL of a lot of information into their heads if they aren’t going to have to look up information and research in their future careers.

    Josh Cope

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  3. February 5, 2010 @ 9:22 pm Jessica

    ermmmm…anna you sound like someone i know. I think i have heard this story somewhere before…:)

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  4. February 4, 2010 @ 11:51 am Anna

    Calling pupils ‘cheats’ just because they are making use of what the world gave them is not fair.
    Shouldn’t we go with the flow – the world is developing and we are staying in the same place.

    My mother was moaning how she had to read her school books by candle light and do her homework for school while she was working with animals on the farm. She was giving me this example as a great way to appreciate learning. She thought my way of learning is totally wrong because I enjoyed learning in unconventional ways such as never sitting at the desk, listening to loud music while studying, or watching the television.

    I ask her to turn my light off, light a candle and buy me a cow!

    We shouldn’t let old fashioned ways of learning be forced on young people.

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  5. February 4, 2010 @ 12:47 am Jessica :)

    I do think this is very valuable point. As soon as the pupil has finished their education they will more than likely rely on technology that is available to them to complete tasks within their work. They will not be referring back to all this information that they are forced to memorize and more than likely forget in a short space of time. Why should this be any different for exams…Exams are there for test a persons ability but what if a pupils ability doesn’t lie within writing…what if they have skills in another area instead such as using technology… I believe it is only fair to be tested in all areas to see where your natural talent lies to prevent anyone having an unfair advantage over the next person.
    Great Article. Really opens your eyes to, how pupils are pressured in todays society to perform in a way that they may not necessarily be confident in 🙂

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