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Letter: Hold students to a higher standard, not a lesser one

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I see that the school district is considering removing punishments for cheating and plagiarizing. Back in the Dark Ages when I was going to college, a person who got cheating or plagiarizing work either lost credit for the assignment, or got kicked out of class, or expelled.

In my professional life, the company I work for has a prize for those that cheat, a free cardboard box full of your personal possessions and an all-expense paid escort to the edge of the property. Telling students that if they get caught cheating they will get a do-over, is not how the world works and encourages the sort of bad behavior so many decry.

If you want to do the students a favor, you will hold them to a higher standard, not a lesser one. — Chris Walz, Detroit Lakes

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