August is an exciting time for students embarking on college careers (my own daughter heads off this fall). As parents, we spend lots of energy getting them ready: We buy dorm “essentials” from XL sheets to mini-fridges, purchase meal plans and load campus accounts for late-night pizza. Some have needed conversations about alcohol, safe sex and other adult realities. Another conversation should also take place: It’s time to be honest about cheating.
Over the last few years, we have repeatedly heard about cheating scandals in schools, businesses, government and even religious institutions. These high-profile cases point to a very sobering reality: Cheating is everywhere, and unfortunately, high school is no exception.