The pressures of academic success can be overwhelming to the conscientious student . Children are ingrained from the earliest ages that each test score will decide their future . The idea of the permanent record ' looms over them at every academic turn , and this pressure leads directly to the decision by some to cheat . According to a study by the Center for Academic Integrity , it was reported that more than 70 percent of high school students in the United States admitted to serious cheating in 2005 (Paulos 11 . This staggering number is evidence that
academic dishonesty is not a problem relegated to a few bad apples , but it is a widespread epidemic that deserves closer analysis . After all , three out of four U .S . high school students cannot be bad students without regard for academic success . Quite to the contrary , many of these students who cheat do so because they do care about their academic success and often find themselves struggling to make the grades , rather than learn the material . Even more than the fact that students cheat , is the design of the educational system that puts measuring education above providing one . But , the problem is not an easy one to remedy , especially with all the new methods of cheating available to students
Technology has taking cheating to a level previously unknown in education . The Internet offers students the ability to copy and paste information into a , whether a phrase , a paragraph , or a doctoral thesis . While some students are aware that they are plagiarizing , there are equal amounts that simply do not understand the rules of plagiarism According to author Sean Price , the rules of plagiarism are not always clear cut : Many younger make this mistake because they don 't understand plagiarism 's ground rules . And learning these rules can be confusing . It 's OK to borrow a well-known phrase , like `To be or not to be ' and not cite its source . Someone could start a story with , `To be or not to be on the swim team ' That 's simply putting a twist on a famous line , not pretending it 's yours (Price 17 . Some students also borrow too heavily from a source without meaning to , but ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for lack of academic integrity . And , for every student who plagiarizes accidentally , there are many more who do so intentionally
Many students stay one step ahead of teachers and professors by turning to companies that provide off-the-shelf and prewritten research s For a simple fee , students can forgo hours of work by purchasing a online . The prewritten s , while usually being the cheapest alternative for students , also run into the problem of being detected by new anti-plagiarism software . The most popular anti-plagiarism tool is from Turnitin .com , which is reported to investigate more than 10 ,000 s a day , 3 ,000 of which turn out to be plagiarized to a significant extent (Royce 27 . Turnitin scans the Internet for source materials , as well as...