Secret Teacher: My school is teaching students to plagiarise

We’re creating a culture of cheating, but my colleagues don’t seem to care. It’s a shortcut to better grades – and we’re failing in our role as educators.

 

Strong principles and hard work: this is what drew me to teaching. I believed I could help to promote honest, rigorous research and spark a sense of curiosity and wonder. My background in academia inspired me to bring the principles of academic integrity to schools, hopefully providing my students with a strong foundation in critical thinking and analysis.

 

Now, though, pressure from my school’s senior leadership team to abandon these ideals have left me wondering if teaching is truly what I hoped it could be.

 

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