A student was going around asking teachers to raise his grades from last year so he could play a varsity sport. One teacher (a coach) did it. Another (a young, new teacher) did not.

To me, this is a clearcut example of cheating, and what message did the coach send to the student by changing the grade?

How have you or your school dealt with these situations?

4 thoughts on “Cheater!

  1. christal watts

    A few years ago, I had a student who was a major thorn in my side. He didn’t do any work & routinely acted up in class. No matter what I did to try to help him control his behavior, it never got better. Around February or March of that year, he started attending a program at our school site to help him with his anger management & self-control issues. Not once did the person who ran this program meet with any of my student’s teachers to try to come up with a plan so that he could work towards doing some fun things at the end of the school year.

    So, imagine my surprise when about a week before the school year ended, this student came to me to ask my permission & to sign a permission slip to allow him to attend a baseball game. There were two problems. The first was that he was receiving a “F” and our school policy was pretty clear that those who received a “F” weren’t allowed to attend field trips. The second that it also allowed for teacher discretion to not allow a student attend a field trip if they had poor behavior.

    His behavior was completely off the charts on many occasion. I checked “no” on the permission slip with his grade of “F” & sent him on his way. The next day, the leader of this program comes to me with the student in tow, pleading to allow this student to attend this field trip. I was adamant that I would not change my grade. This person was furious with me.

    I remember patiently explaining to this person that perhaps my student would learn from this experience & that if there was something in the future that he really wanted to do that he would have to work both on his grades & his behavior.

    I don’t think I ever convinced him or the student that this was the right decision to make.

    1. drpezz Post author

      It seems as though some people just don’t want to accept responsibility and accountability; there’s a bunch of lip service about accountability and responsibility but often very little really out there.


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