Why Friendship Cancels Out Cheating

Dear administrators, 


Hear me out.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all students are created equal, that they are endowed by their peers with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of passing grades. 


Tests are lonely and let’s be honest, hard. You claim that Warde is a community, but what does community truly mean if its members cannot support each other in times of need? Someone that knows the answer during an assessment should be able to give it to someone who doesn’t. Then, they both get a good score. Friendship! However, in an effort to include the friendless, computers and searching for answers on the internet should be able to support Warde students too.


There are notable advantages to this method. I’ve observed my friends having more free time, witnessing their academic performance improving, and, importantly, fostering stronger relationships. Everyone seems to be happy except our very own teachers who are accusing us of ‘cheating.’ But the reality is that they have no right to decide how each individual student learns best. They should support our efforts to strengthen the Warde community, instead of getting caught up on a few technicalities. 


So, I ask you, administrators, on behalf of the people of Warde, a few questions: If I am unable to utilize assistance from others, how can I maintain As and Bs? If I cannot seek help from friends, including the internet, then what is the point of futilely attempting to come up with the answers? And finally, what’s the harm in a bit of help?


With all the regards I can muster,


An offended Warde student

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