Cheering Cheaters

While reading this Huffington Post article on accusations of cheating surrounding about 200 high school students in Texas, I noticed a Tweet that featured the story.

Huffington Post, like many websites, now shows a changing sample of persons who use Twitter to send the Post's news to others.

Anyway, this was the Tweet from a user named NotesforGirls:

NotesforGirls (01/03/12, 4:05 PM)
Dear Teachers, You call it cheating ... we call it teamwork. Sincerely, Students.

Insightful statement.

I think it says quite a bit about what others can expect from this person in all aspects of life.

Deceit.

Unfaithful romantic relationships.

Academic cheating.

Dishonesty with your employer and coworkers.

Lying to those who love you.

Looking to take the easy way out.

And best of all, encouraging others to do the same.

It does not sound like the most desirable way to live, eh?

And I believe I can discern all that from one Tweet.

At least the person behind NotesforGirls is smart enough to post anonymously--but I can still dismiss any other Tweet as something potentially deceitful.

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Have a great weekend everyone.

27 comments:

Holly Lefevre said...

It scares me that so many "young people" seem to think it is OK to make up new rules and new definitions for what is right and what should be wrong. Yikes!

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

Our country is going down the tubes and people are getting stupider and stupider. If you ever go to Reddit, type in "What is the stupidest thing you have ever had to explain" in the search bar and you shall find an enormous thread of example after example of how dumb people have gotten.

Just one example:

I had to explain to a college graduate once that gravity affects water. He argued it didn't because boats float.

Seriously.

The only explanation I can come up with is cheating. People cheating and skating through school, never learning a damn thing, and being absolute dumb shits.

imbeingheldhostage said...

You're so much deeper than I am. I would've giggled and read on-- but you're right. Now I wonder how much other stuff I just take as a joke :-/

My kids hear the "integrity speech" almost weekly in our house. Wonder if any of it will sink in?

Miranda Hardy said...

So sad. I hear all types of stories from my daughter. Even though she's in honors classes, it doesn't stop the kids from trying to take the easy way out.

Pat Hatt said...

Oh yeah even when I was in school people were getting dumber each time. And the reason is no one really gives a crap anymore, the teachers just push them through because if not the parents will come and whine, too busy whining instead of actually helping their kids, the kids with think it's norm and cheat and such. Just one big shuffle the blame game.

Little Ms. Fun said...

I was always way too afraid to cheat!! I still am. It's so easy now w/ those calculators that store everything...but then again, I'd feel so guilty that I wld prob confess lol.

P.S. I joined the CBS Sports Playoff Challenge. Did you join???? It keeps the football going a little longer. Plus, my Pats are stil in ;) haha

JJ.in.Phila said...

This one does not even make sense. The students that took the test first would arguably do worse, relative to the later test takers.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I feel bad when I read about kids doing all this. I was always a scared kid, would never open my mouth in class forget about cheating.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Seems that person would make a great (and typical) politician...

And much of this mentality comes from entitlement mindsets.

When "someone else" does everything for a person, that person cannot help but become slothful in most every facet of their life.

And with such things comes ignorance, along with stupidity riding in it's wake.

That is NOT what this nation is all about...nor should it ever be.

Good post AND comments by all.

Stay safe.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Isn't it amazing how much you can learn from one sentence, comment, tweet. So interesting what people choose to reveal about themselves.

Shirley Wells said...

I agree with Elizabeth. It's amazing how much you can discern from one tweet. It's frightening that people no longer seem to know right from wrong.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Or expecting to get paid just for showing up at work without actually doing anything.

Momma Fargo said...

Times have changed so much. When I was younger, cheating was next to murder in my parents book which was next to lying which was next to stealing. Anyhoo...it was a HUGE no no.I feel guilty when I cut corners running laps in the gym.

Ciara said...

I'm shocked daily at some of the comments I see on Twitter. Most of them are anonymous. Gee if you don't want share anything under your own name then maybe you shouldn't say it at all.
I'm just saying...

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

eh, i just take it as someone being facetious. I mean, i cheated in class while in highschool and i certainly don't do any of those things you listed. Kids are stupid. The stuff they do when they're teens rarely adds up to the person they'll be when their hormones settle. I've known plenty of terrible teens, the kinds i would've bet money on ending up in jail or worse, and yet they turned out to be amazing, charitable people.

Hilary said...

New advances always bring new challenges. The problem is in not having the morals to behave properly to begin with.

secret agent woman said...

Maybe. But it's a bit of a leap to assume that this person will go on to cheat in their marriage, fudge their taxes, and steal the coin cup from beggars. The people involved are young still. Teens are notoriously immature, their brains prone to impulsivity, self-centeredness and difficulty looking ahead to consequences.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm sorry, but that was funny! Too bad she'll eventually realize how wrong she is the hard way. Maybe no one has never told her that if it walks like a duck . . . .

Lydia Kang said...

The need to get everything faster and easier is deteriorating so much of society.

Sad.

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Maxi said...

Puleeze. Notesforgirls, and her teamies, know that cheating is wrong.

And you're right about the list … all from one tweet.

Blessings - Maxi

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I was at an In-House Workshop yesterday and the counsultant running the workshop was talking about how as teachers its our job to teach the kids manners and decency, because "our generation" (he was just a bit older than those of us in the workshop and most of us are similar in age to the parents of our students) as a whole isn't teaching them at home anymore... another thing to add to my list... although I DO teach my own children, as well as my students... it's ingrained in me! This strikes me as kind of the same thing.

Audrey Allure said...

Well if they cheat, then really they cheat themselves in the long run out of actually learning & well, I guess that hurts them in the end.

Jeanette Levellie said...

No wonder. When we invited God out of our schools and courtrooms, He bows out. Now we have no standards of right and wrong, thus, the "creative view" of cheating from this young woman. So sad.

Luisa Doraz said...

We continue to live and learn.
Happy 2012.
Stay well and happy.

Kristin said...

Was it tongue in cheek perhaps?

Lisa said...

Hmmm, what happens if the person notesforgirls is cheating off of doesn't want to be a team player? Yes, this young lady (?) will be a problem for many others for many years.