One sophomore girl, chatting with another, yesterday during class, about a recent Algebra test:
SG1: Have you taken the test yet?
SG2: No, I'm taking it tomorrow. Was it hard?
SG1: Not too bad. The difference of squares was on it, though.
SG2: I don't know that too well. Better study it tonight!
SG1: I've got a cheat sheet for that. Do you want it?
Intrepid Adviser (stands up suddenly, strides purposefully across the room, stops where the two girls are sitting): You did not just say that!
Intrepid Adviser (holding out her hand): Give it to me.
Intrepid Adviser (arm still outstretched): The cheat sheet. Give it to me now, please. (SG1 hands over miniscule, ragged corner of notebook paper, with a formula written neatly in teeny-tiny printing.)
SG1: (Adopts look of horror.) Are you going to tell my teacher?
Intrepid Adviser: What do you think?
We haven't e-mailed the Algebra teacher yet. We're still debating with ourselves. The fact is that cheating is rampant not only in OHHS, but throughout the country. And the old-fashioned "cheat sheet" is being eclipsed by more high-tech methods. Kidz taking pictures of tests with their cellphones, and sharing with their friends. Cherubs program forbidden formulas into their calculators and phones, and glance at them during tests. At OHHS, cheating has become so commonplace that most teachers collect electronic gadgets (cellphones, iPods, et. al.) from the kiddos as they come into the classroom prior to a test.
Students say they need good grades. Their parents will ground them, they won't get into a "competitive" college (whatever that means). Please take our poll. Should we turn Sophomore Girl 1 in to the Authorities?