Asians are the worst for this, I doubt any score that comes from their countries. They have insane exam procedures.
Ben Orlin wrote a while back about the reasons students cheat–or, rather, the many reasons people offer for why students cheat. I’m mostly uninterested in that. What’s important, I think, is that they know you know.
Back in late March, I returned the first “Why is it Black Lives Matter?” history test back to the students and gave them this talk.
“So I was grading the papers, and pleased that people were doing well generally. Some kids saw tremendous improvement. But I was perplexed on one point. Several students were doing okay throughout the test, but getting slaughtered on the “identify key individuals” question, getting almost all of them wrong. I couldn’t figure that out. If you thought John Calhoun was an abolitionist who used to be a slave and Julia Ward Howe was at Harper’s Ferry, then I would figure the finer points of the 1856 election were well…
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