As a sophomore, I’ve recently learned about Test Bank, a database of tests where teachers share and pull questions. Somehow, students find the links to the test banks send them out and then have the opportunity to see varying amounts of questions for the test, depending on the teacher. Allowing the creation of systematic cheating. I take great issue with this and it really comes down to two things: whether teachers should be allowed to use pre-prepared questions from the internet and whether there should be serious punishment for this blatant, frequent cheating.

Is it a part of teachers’ jobs to actually make their own tests? I understand it would be difficult to create new questions every year for every subject. Without getting into retraining teachers or figuring out what the fine print guidelines of their jobs are, what makes the situation worse is that teachers know that students use the test bank. I’ve had teachers bring up the test bank in class, saying things like I didn’t make these questions or I know you all use the test bank. For someone who is firmly against any use of something that gives an unfair advantage, it bothers me that teachers are aware of the problem and do nothing to stop it. This goes back to idea of how can anyone prevent students from cheating like this without teacher action? Keep in mind, using the test bank is no different from other forms of cheating students have been trained to avoid and teachers definitely know how to set restrictions on that.

Regarding the issue of student use, students feel forced into the situation of using test banks. That’s not to justify clearly immoral behavior, but they often believe they need to use the test bank to survive in the class they chose. Or even worse, these students didn’t initially want to cheat but now feel like they must cheat in order to keep up with the kids who are cheating. Students seem reluctant to admit that what they are doing is really cheating. They justify their actions by convincing themselves that they are just doing it to get an advantage over others who are already doing the wrong thing. It’s toxic to be allowed to put the blame on others. I would think that if you’re going to cheat you should at least take responsibility. To be fair, this reluctance shows that that students fundamentally understand the immorality of cheating. No one can expect high schoolers to give up the chance to improve their grades when it practically falls into their laps and they know that in all likelihood, they will not be punished. Especially not in the Millburn culture, which promotes cutthroat competition with academic excellence.

As it often comes down to with these sorts of situations, there will be no solution until administrative action is taken. As a student, I ask something is done about this to improve the Millburn studying culture and to start enforcing the moral values we are supposed to uphold.

 

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Aashna Moorjani
Aashna Moorjani is a sophomore (18-19) at Millburn High School and the Website Administrator for Studio 462.