Our expert says:
Its always difficult to avoid the temptation of cheating, especially when other kids do it and seem to get away with it, and when the kid himself feels any pressure to keep up igh marks even in areas where, like any normal person, he might not be as bright as he is in other areas.
And I think even good students may be tempted when they perceive some tests to be unfair and likely to give them lower marks than they think they deserve.
It would be fruitful to discuss with him the puzzle that he had previously expressed distaste at the cheating of others and that he wouldn't do it. Maybe he was testing the waters to check how you feel about such things ?
ou sound like an excellent mom, that he trusted you enough to speak frankly about this.
I like purple's point, that nobody ( excpt perhaps the occasional idiot ) ever asks what MARKS one got on any test, but they're more interested in how one deals with problems and challenges.
And as Cynic fairly comments, an alert and intelligent kid sees a country in which almost none of the rampant corruption ever gets punished, and where Education Departments themselves blatantly cheat and manipulate marks. But out of self-respect, one needs to meet one's opwn standards, not those of the unworthy.
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