Is Cheating Ever Good?
A recent study done in Switzerland involving second and third year college students illustrates that while individual cheating becomes unacceptable as adherence to values increases, other forms of cheating become acceptable. Only the case of an individual copying in an exam becomes abominable. On the other hand, an individual sharing his or her answers with a group, a group copying off other students, and a group sharing answers, all of which should still be considered cheating, become tolerable.
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Pulfrey, C., Durussel, K., & Butera, F. (2018, March 19). The Good Cheat: Benevolence and the Justification of Collective Cheating. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000247
Cheating in schools is widespread. About half of high school students in the United States admits to having cheated in an exam. The troubling aspect of cheating is the justification.
Honesty and fairness are values that should never be compromised. Outside school there are elections for government officials. This exercise requires no less than the honesty and fairness from everyone. Unfortunately, as in school, we are tempted to redraw the rules with the belief that we are rightfully doing the cheating because of a higher good. We should be reminded, "The end does not justify the means".