Cheating in college is nothing new, but the pressure to do so is (“Just How Dishonest Are Most Students?” The New York Times, Nov. 13). There are several reasons why, but I believe that the No. 1 reason is that increasing numbers of students have an entitlement mentality.
The cost of a college degree keeps rising, creating the belief in students that they are customers. They’ve gone into heavy debt to get a degree and nothing is going to stop them from achieving their goal. If that involves cheating on final exams or term papers, so be it. The fact that some schools ask students to sign an honor code is evidence of how bad things have become.
I don’t see matters improving. In fact, they are only going to get worse as a degree becomes seemingly indispensable for a well-paying job.
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