In some cases cheating in school is good so you don't have to waste your time learning useless information.
I'm going to disagree with something Dean said, and do so very strongly. When you do something that has to be hidden and is dishonest, like cheating, you cheat yourself the most. There is an inner strength that can never grow in some one that cultivates cheating, lying, stealing, or presenting a phony facade to the world. We live in a partially crazy world. There is a lot of hypocrisy that anyone with half a brain can see. We have to deal with lots of stupid systems and dumb rules. And often we are in situations where taking a shortcut would be the more intelligent approach, EXCEPT that it robs a person of inner strength - no one will tell you that.
Bullshit! Of course there are times when it makes perfect sense to cheat a dishonest system. All sorts of time robbers want to deprive you of your life, liberty, and property with all sorts of rubbish. Fight back! Gain "inner strength" with your own self-assertiveness and the judicious use of ethics to your own ultimate benefit.
According to page 178 of K. P. Springfield's The Five Habits of Highly Successful Slackers:
Although Slackism may provide successful slackers with a plethora of leisure time and stress-free work in the short term, some people have already shared feedback that Slackism is not a good long-term strategy for an employee, and that undermining the interests of a corporation will only hurt the successful slacker. Their comments are akin to what you heard in grade school when cheating on an algebra exam: "The only person you are cheating is yourself."
Despite the partial truth of that ubiquitous comment, successful slackers realize when cheating is beneficial and when it is a detriment. I gladly cheated on high-school algebra exams because I wasn't good at math and knew that it was a skill I would never need in the real world. To this day, that conclusion has held true.
I basically agree with this statement. I recall the infamous "memorize the fifty states and their capitals" test in sixth grade. Why did we have to take it? So we would not be "ignorant," declared the teacher. Hmmmmm. My attitude about memorizing that information echoed that of Albert Einstein, who chose not to memorize his own telephone number because he knew he could find it in an instant in a telephone directory. So I did my darnedest to cheat, though the teacher caught me and tore up the test. So for round two of the test, I didn't bother to submit the worksheet but tossed it into the trash instead. The teacher gave me a note to take home to my mother that said, "Luke didn't even bother to submit his test." That note found its way to the trash, too, as did so many others both ways during those early years.
The bottom line is that I will exercise my own judgment about what warrants or does not warrant slacking, cheating, etc.
The most offensive piece of useless information forced upon me came in seventh grade social studies class. While loading our brains with nonsense about obscure tribes in remote regions of Africa, this textbook phrase stuck in my mind:
Fresh cow's urine washes hands and cleans utensils.
Yes, indeed, I really needed to know that -- NOT!
So pardon me while I show warranted disrespect to the notion of achieving "excellence" and "honesty" in just any endeavor an "authority" dumps into my lap.
(Edited by Luke Setzer on 1/30, 5:10am)