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In life, we don’t want pilots or surgeons to cheat on their tests; our lives depend on their taking seriously what they need to know to do their jobs. When individuals cheat, regardless of profession, they deny themselves knowledge and overall ability. People who cheat also deny their patients/clients, colleagues and society in general the level of professionalism they deserve. These failings exist for every student at Lambton College who decides to participate in academic misconduct or dishonesty.
Consider the paramedic who fails to learn how to cope with testing pressures; will he or she respond effectively to job responsibilities under pressure? What about the nursing student who does not respect studying the full details of prescribed patient care, or the chemical engineer technologist whose habit is to take shortcuts with safe plant operations? Also consider the more subtle yet important implications for social service workers or child and youth workers who have not learned the details of casework theory. The wrong advice from a trusted helper can be very harmful to a client's interpersonal development. What about the early childhood educator who cheated through school? Do you feel comfortable leaving your child in his or her care?
Once individuals are on the job, any misguided short-term gains from academic dishonesty will result in a lack of competence, which will extend to loss of respect, social standings, and further employment opportunities. Alternatively, the knowledge that comes from studying successfully provides individuals with confidence and the ability to be effective team members, leading to professional advancement and success.
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