It doesn't feel all that festive to talk about cheating around Thanksgiving. But as kids head into their finals, I think it is appropriate to understand how and why we are raising a generation of cheaters. We've created such a fixed-mindset environment in our schools that college-bound students are now more likely than not to cheat in order to reach the seemingly super-heroic levels of achievement required for college admissions.
Fortunately, research shows that kids who have learned to think of their success as being a result of their hard work and practice–those that embody the growth-mindset–are less likely to cheat. Notably, they perform better in high school even without cheating.
I've posted before about the causes of cheating, and I recently talked about why kids cheat (and how kids can succeed without cheating!) with Beth Pickett in this radio interview. You can listen to
Segment 1 here (skip the first minute of commercials) and
Segment 2 here.
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