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Students who cheat at school/univertsity acquire more useful skills than those who do not

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Started: 11/21/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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It's pretty obvious that at every place - be it a school, a university or a course in a particular subject - which aims at teaching something, students may be roughly divided into diligent ones and not so. It is also a fact that students from both groups graduate from their educational institution and go on with their life ready to apply the knowledge and skills they have got whenever possible.
Speaking of skills...
While diligent student are struggling to meet deadlines on educational tasks (projects, homework, etc.), not-so-ones are struggling to invent new ways of avoiding them, postponing them and perhaps even successfully not having to meet them at all.
While diligent students are cramming for an exam, not-so-ones are enjoying themselves, then just to crib everything from notes hidden in a sock/pocket, to make an examiner believe they are ready by a small show of a good answer in front of him and eventually by passing an exam, most likely.
That's for example.
And while diligent students are worrying about their studies, the not-so-ones are having a good time, for there is always another way of 'coping' with the tasks.
In the end the most hard-working from the first group and the most adapted from the second successfully graduate, getting roughly the same certificates.
But our prominent adapted ones get something else, perhaps even more useful than a certificate. They say, the strongest survive, meaning actually - the most adapted survive. Cunning, the ability to turn off conscience for a while, the ability to lie with a straight face for the sake of succeeding, the ability to avoid undesired work, to negotiate with people - these skills are pretty helpful in life, aren't they?


This debate is about whether students who cheat at school/university acquire more useful skills than those who do not. In order to satisfy his burden of proof, pro has to make arguments which show that "students who cheat" wind up acquiring more useful skills than those who do not. On con, all I have to do is show how students who cheat do not acquire more useful skills.

1. Pro fails to advance his burden of proof.

Pro has totally failed to make an argument in support of the resolution.

First, pro has not given any indication for or criteria of what counts as a 'useful skill'.

Second, pro has provided neither evidence nor analysis regarding what makes skills useful.

Third, pro has not meaningfully talked about what skills students who cheat, acquire.

Fourth, pro has not compared the skill sets of students who cheat to those who do not, and has not shown that any of the skills he claims cheaters learn are unique to cheaters.

So, I win by default in that respect alone because PRO has not advanced his burden.

2. Cheating does not teach you useful skills.

An important life skill is the ability to work hard and remain self disciplined. Cheating is a short cut, and a person who gets away with taking short cuts does not learn how to work hard and remain self disciplined.

What cheating teaches you how to do is to take shortcuts, with the result of avoiding learning. For example, a cheater on a math test may be able to pass the math test and walk out of the classroom ignorant of what he was tested on. Therefore, the cheater has not learned how to do math, but only how to cheat on the test.

Working hard and remaining self disciplined are more useful skills than taking shortcuts. Likewise, even if a cheater learns how to take shortcuts, that doesn't mean that someone who doesn't cheat wouldn't figure out how to take shortcuts. In all cases, the cheater is at a disadvantage. The resolution is negated.
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Posted by Ockham 2 years ago
Cheating through school is a terrible idea for a number of reasons.

"Doctor, the patient's vital signs are slipping! What should we do?"

I can't imagine why someone would want to defend this resolution.
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