Cheat and Cheaters Win
the first and last time I got caught cheating. It was the most valuable
learning experience of my entire high school education. Señor
Abrahamson was my Spanish class teacher. By my junior year, I was
halfway through my required two years of non-immersive foreign language
studies. In that time, I developed a strong rapport with Abrahamson
and became comfortable with my cognitive learning habits. Unfortunately,
those habits occasionally included cheating.
Friday was test
day in Spanish class, and once a month they were grande. I vividly
recall the mid-morning sunshine cascading across the desks on one
such Friday. The light would offer me additional cover, I thought.
In my English class an hour earlier, I had taken the time to put
together crib notes that I could view between my legs while Abrahamson
was distracted by his usual pacing. The test had gone well for me,
as I'd nailed every vocabulary word and was going for the bonus
points when disaster struck.
Being one of
the only cheaters on this particular test, it meant I was the only
one armed with the knowledge to answer the difficult bonus questions.
By the time I jotted down the answer to the second to last question,
everyone else's pencils were down and they were impatiently waiting
for me to finish up. Being greedy cost me dearly. Instead of announcing
the final bonus question, Abrahamson uttered words that would etch
into my mind forever.
tell me you're not doing what I think you're doing. You wouldn't
do that to me, would you?"
He walked up
to my desk and asked me to cough it up. My cheeks grew hot enough
to boil water. There was no point in playing dumb, so I gave him
the cheat sheet. I was embarrassed and defeated, yet I was surprised
by Abrahamson's next move.
I'm very disappointed in you. Why would you do such a thing? I'm
going to have to give you a zero on this test. I hope you and your
classmates learn that cheaters never win, and winners never cheat."
For some reason,
I was expecting much worse. I could live with one 0, but I didn't
want to experience the feeling of humiliation ever again. While
it may not have been the last time I cheated, it certainly altered
my study behavior and approach to test taking. From that point on,
whenever I felt the urge to cheat, I'd hear Abrahamson's voice say,
"Lewis, you shouldn't do that to yourself."
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