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September 07, 2012

Cheating? Why Not?

Cheating? Why Not?

Big cheating scandal at Harvard… are you surprised? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


According to reports last week, a cheating scandal involving dozens of students at Harvard University is being investigated. If implicated, these students could face penalties from a good scolding to expulsion. Said Harvard president Drew Faust, “These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends.” But is this really that surprising? One study several years ago revealed that nearly 50% of graduate level students in almost every academic discipline admitted to cheating.

What’s surprising to me is this is so surprising. Underlying the secularist worldview that shapes higher education is moral relativism. It’s taught to freshman on day one, and it resonates with what many already think about morality anyway. It’s their worldview, and “the trust upon which intellectual inquiry depends at Harvard” is no match for that! For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Mass Cheating Scandal Erupts at Harvard
Mary Papenfuss | Newswer | August 30, 2012

Doing the Right Thing
A Six Part Exploration of Ethics |

Harvard's Plagiarism Panic
Timothy Birdnow | American Thinker | September 01, 2012

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