Regardless of whatever your grades are in school, you should always try to get your grades honestly. Whether you get an A, or you fail the class, you should at least put your own work into getting the grades. There are some people out there who refuse to do the work themselves, and have to resort to cheating. There are many reasons why people cheat, and mostly it is because they think it is the easy way to get a good grade. How do you handle someone like this in your class?
First of all remember that it is not your problem if someone else cheats. Sure, some people might give you a speech about how one person cheating effects everyone. Yes it is true that one cheater could make everyone a cheater, and entire classrooms could become dishonest, and not actually earn the grades that they get. However, it is important that you not be a tattle-tale. Make sure that you have evidence that the student is actually cheating.
If you think that someone is cheating, make sure that you tell the teacher that someone is cheating, or you suspect that someone is cheating. Be careful about how you go about this though. While most teachers will investigate, and take the cheating seriously, some teachers don’t see it as a problem. I have seen teachers turn a blind eye to cheating in the past.
If you think that someone is cheating and the teacher won’t do anything about it, you should talk to the principal about this. If the teacher won’t take care of it, the principal usually will. The school is under the control of the principal, and so they won’t want the school to be seen as a haven for cheaters to prosper.
On a personal level, don’t confront the cheater, and don’t call the cheater out. Don’t become a cheater either. Do your own work, and while it might not seem like the smart thing to do, it is better to not cheat in the long run. They say that winners never cheat, and cheaters never win, and while that seems sort of lame, it is true.
So if you suspect someone of cheating, just tell the teacher, but don’t be obvious about it. Just tell the teacher that you suspect someone of cheating, and see what is done about it. Just keep in mind that some things in life don’t get solved, and the bad guy doesn’t always lose. Just do the work, and control yourself, That is all you can do, and all you can do is just keep above the cheating.