March 3, 2011

School Surveillance: Beating Cheating

Babbage, The Economist

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TO SAY that cheats never prosper is to elevate hope over experience. Modern technology, in the form of miniature cameras, smart phones and the internet, means stealing answers and sharing them has never been easier. Indeed, the problem has got so bad that, on March 1st, the Japanese government asked the country’s universities to ban mobile phones from the rooms they use to conduct their entrance exams. Nor are students the only cheats. Teachers, whose salaries often depend on the success of their charges, are not above dropping the odd hint about what is the right answer before or during a test—or even correcting test papers after the event. And the invigilators who police the actual exam are not always immune to bribery, either. Conversely, however, technology...

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TAGGED: Tests (education), Cheating, Students