Students cheat. It’s just a sad fact of life that a small percentage of pupils of all ages attempt to secure the correct answer for homework or examinations using less than honest means.
True, a few of them actually get away with. But most students get caught in the end.
For one thing, teachers have an increasingly sophisticated set of anti-cheating tools available to them, such as online anti-plagiarism detectors. Also, few students can sneak a dishonest solution past an eagle-eyed instructor no matter how high-tech their method of cheating.
Consider the case of one female British law student. According to NBC News, the annual report of Britain’s Office of Independent Adjudicator published in 2017 revealed that the young woman attempted an ingenious method of cheating during an exam.
She brought her textbook into class, which was allowed. What her peers and professor didn’t know was that she’d scribbled 24 pages of notes inside it using invisible ink.
During the exam, she would periodically flip on a black light attached to her pen so she could read her scribblings. That light eventually gave her away, and the test’s supervisor caught her.
A New Jersey mother named Yerelyn Cueva is also going to pay more attention in the future to her 6-year-old son Jariel. One day, she heard the boy talking to Alexa, the popular digital assistant from Amazon, while he was supposed to be doing his homework.
So Cueva whipped out her smartphone, began to film and approached the table where Jariel was working. What she saw must’ve made her jaw drop.
Lmfao should i whoop him now or later pic.twitter.com/mZEJsWWn4W
— Yerelyn (@spanishbarbie22) December 20, 2018
The video shows Jariel precariously poised on the edge of his chair, a posture so many children strike while working with pen and paper. But then his little head shoots up and points in the direction of the digital assistant.
“Alexa!” he exclaims. “What’s five minus three?” Alexa dutifully answers, “Five minus three equals two.”
Jariel doesn’t even get a chance to write it down. Cueva charges forward, an aggrieved “booooy!” bursting from her lips as the video cuts out.
She told the New York Post, “What you don’t see (in the video) is after he says, ‘Thank you, Alexa, for helping me with my homework.’ … The funny thing is that math is actually his favorite subject.
“I was surprised because he knows this stuff. He was just being lazy. Taking a shortcut.”
Cueva plans to turn off the device in the future to avoid the issue.
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