Flipping through the channels on my TV, I came across a movie that caught my attention. The movie was called “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It was such an interesting movie because the main character behaved in unethical ways that many of us find disturbing. DiCaprio plays Frank Abignale Jr., a teenager whose life is ruined after his parents decide to get a divorce. He runs away from home to avoid taking the decision of which parent he would live with.
Have you ever wondered what happened to that old iPod you threw away a few years ago? What about the computer that you replaced with a brand new laptop on Christmas? Throwing away an electronic device is obviously not as simple as tossing out left-over food or old clothes, because electronics are composed of various materials and different metals that aren’t easily recyclable. Today, big companies send their out-dated printers, computers, batteries, and electric cables to India for recycling.
As a high-school student, you are beginning to face the challenges of choosing the right career. Whether your mind is more inclined towards science or prefers to delve into the magical world of arts and literature, your graduation day marks the end of your dreaming: it’s time to take your first step toward making that dream come true. In your journey with Bicharaf so far, you have encountered numerous topics that tackle academic ethics.
Given the choice between really easy and slightly hard, or practically cheap and significantly expensive, what would your instinctive response be? We can preach about ethics and business integrity for days on end, and we can tell people what is wrong and what is ethically right. But intuitively, if people had the choice most would look for the easier alternative. At Bicharaf the question we ask is: Can we make the ethical alternative an easy one?
Even though they find cheating an unethical means to achieve their goals, for many students, cheating just “isn’t a big deal” to them. Cheating is unfortunately becoming the norm, and not studying is quickly becoming a popular trend among students. Preventing students from cheating is one issue, and knowing why cheaters cheat is another...
Just one night before her midterm, a distressed student at the social sciences department checked her inbox and miraculously found a copy of her long awaited exam. Salma downloaded the document and tried to crack it, but eventually gave up on the bootleg document and went to sleep, hoping for a miracle to come her way in the exam hall.
For students facing exams several times a week, how do they deal with the fact that they might not do well on a test, knowing they will have to face their parents about it? Knowing that their grades could be greatly affected? Unfortunately, a great number of students resort to cheating, thinking that that cheating is a cheap and easy way to get around not being prepared for an exam.
Academic institutions, recognizing the reality of academic dishonesty, are seeking solutions to reduce instances of cheating, plagiarism, and other breaches of academic integrity. As a response, many academic institutions establish “honor councils,” internal organizations that seek to maintain and promote integrity within schools and universities.
I did not regret skipping one day of my Fall Semester reading period to live this extraordinary experience. On January 20th, 2011, I went on my first visit to schools to Lycee Amchit, where the students were so enthusiastic about the topic, that we were able to carry out further discussions. They even skipped their break to continue the debate.
The 2008 Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC) at AUB was being announced, along with a call for volunteering students to participate as guides in the event. Coming from a family involved in the field of education, I thought it would be an interesting experience to be part of SMEC, so I signed up as a guide, not knowing that in this experience, I was to be guided instead. Part of my job was to attend workshop sessions, making sure that all technical matters were under control. Sitting at the side of the classroom, I witnessed the...