Parents split on cheating response

Parents split on cheating response

There are 48 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 9, 2009, titled Parents split on cheating response. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The graduation-canceling Centerburg school board braced itself for the worst when it met yesterday afternoon.

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Birds of a Feather

Columbus, OH

#41 Jun 10, 2009
Proud Mom of 09 CHS Grad

Columbus, OH

#42 Jun 10, 2009
As with any other issue, there is always mixed opinions. The people that agree with the school board need to investigate a little further into the situation before they make an opinion. Cheating is not an option at any time but the school board knew who those students were and still punished the entire senior class simply because they weren't tattle-tales.
Former Student

Columbus, OH

#43 Jun 10, 2009
Not that one more opinion matters in all this, but I feel like sharing mine anyways.
1st: One thing that I was taught while attending Centerburg High, was that anyone who cheats, only cheats themselves. The kids who cheated and didn’t come forward not only cheated themselves out of the ceremony, but this time they also took it away from innocent kids.
2nd: There is something to be said for a class that stands together and refuses to give on their classmates. I know during my childhood I was punished for tattle-telling. Hear-say doesn’t hold up in court, and it shouldn’t even be a topic here.– Again, this is only my opinion.
3rd: I want it go somewhere on record that both Morgan and Vargo are excellent educators. Both were my teacher, and both were excellent teachers, passionate about what they taught, and fair. Both have gone above and beyond to help student learn the material. These are the type of people we want molding our children. They have great ethics and the one thing that Centerburg has above all, a caring staff and town. I, like most couldn’t wait to get out of Centerburg, but honestly I am so happy I grew up in a town and school system that cared about the students as individuals, rather than numbers and test scores.
4th: The community and the parents should be proud of themselves. It’s not easy raising children, and lord know parents don’t always know what their kids are doing, but it’s the boards job to make a point and teach everyone a lesson (even different townships are looking at this) and it’s the parents job to support their children and show a united front. I look at it this way, behind my families closed door, we may argue or have tiffs, but in public we stand as one and always back up the other one. That is what family is supposed to do.
5th: The graduates of 2009 may not see it now, but they are apart of something much larger than just an ordinary graduation.(That honestly I don’t remember much of). They will remember this much more than the regular ceremony. The parents and the community have the opportunity to use this event to teach them wonderful life lessons. Life isn’t fair and it isn’t easy, but when it gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And any parent that has a child that did cheat, you have the opportunity to guide them to do the right thing. That will stay with them much longer than a graduation.

New York, NY

#44 Jun 11, 2009
I am still upset over this cheating issue. How can anyone say it is ok to cancel graduation for everyone when just a few students were cheating. I haven't even heard the true number that were caught cheating yet? All I know is that my son did not take this class this year and he deserved to walk and get his diploma. It was a bad decision that caused numerous families to suffer. I hope this will be a future leason for our school board on looking at all sides before making a decision .( I mean the new members that we all should be electing)

Since: Jun 09

Columbus, OH

#45 Jun 11, 2009
I couldn't agree more with you Tina. I haven't heard anything more from the school board since Monday. I guess they consider this thing dropped but I just can't. My next step is to find out when the school board elections are so I can be there. If anyone happens to know, please let me know.

Since: Jun 09

Columbus, OH

#46 Jun 11, 2009
Birds of a Feather wrote:
I too applaud the boards decision to cancel graduation commencement. It is so sad that the students who did not participate in the cheating had to give up their graduation but they will get over it and move on with their lives. I simply cannot beleive the parents who are so short-sighted as to not see this is the only decision the board could have made. Otherwise it would appear the board was condoning the cheating. I think the parents who do not accept responsibility for their childs actions in the cheating are as guilty as the child. I learned right from wrong when I was a kid. My conscience tells me right from wrong. If I do something I know is wrong it eats at me inside. These parents have not raised their kids to accept the consequences of wrong decisions have only pointed them in the wrong direction in life. Todays society has way too many people who are in huge hurry to exclaim, "I didn't do it!" or "It's not my fault." Trust me people, if you knew anything about it and didn't say anything to the right people it is your fault. Get over it!
It is hard to get over something this quickly especially when it is something you can't get back!
Get a Clue

Pittsburgh, PA

#47 Jun 11, 2009
I love all the people that threaten the school board with their jobs. I have a couple of questions for those people that use this idle threat:
1. Do you think the school board gets paid a salary?
2. Do you think these people purposefuly wanted this kind of attention? What did they gain from it?
3. Here is the most important question: Who exacly are the five people that are running for school board? You Mr/Mrs Idle Threat? I thought not. There has not exactly been a gluttony of candidates that have run against any of those board members. Do you think that is because no one really wants the responsibility? Like a lot of things, this looks like an opportunity for people to complain, yet not have the gaul to do anything about it.

The school has some real problems. The school board is not one of them.
Common Sense

United States

#48 Jun 17, 2009
For the ones who knew about the cheating but didn't tell. School board members; put yourself in their shoes(at their age), would you have told? A question you have to answer for yourself, but i suspect i already know the answer.

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