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Military Schools And Values

Not to assert that a military boarding school is a bastion of principles and ethics, but at least those are the standards that are held out as ideals that are worthy of aspiration. A typical military school mission statement reads similar to this: cultivating good citizenship, manners, and respect for different races and creeds; bolstering literacy in reading, writing, and speaking English and foreign languages; emphasizing mathematical competency and critical thinking; teaching study/organizational skills, and the principles of leadership and selfless service; fostering an appreciation for physical fitness, and the fine and performing arts. Integrity, discipline, courage. Certainly those principles are not being inculcated in schools or homes across America. At least that is the conclusion one comes to after reading this report on cheating.


“Ask a high school or college student about cheating, and before you can finish the sentence, the person will blurt out two things: “Everybody does it,” and “It’s no big deal.” Survey statistics back up the first statement, and the lack of serious consequences and lax enforcement of academic integrity policies in schools support the second. Not only is cheating on the rise nationally - a 2005 Duke University study found that 75 percent of high school students admit to cheating, and if you include copying another person’s homework, that number climbs to 90 percent - but there has also been a cultural shift in who cheats and why.” (unknown source) By Ann Walker