Academicdishonesty in schools has been an issue of concern for several years(Money 67).Students are well aware that, their success in life is dependent ontheir achievement in school, as such most students have gone out ofthe way to achieve academically. This is very ruining not only to thestudent, but also to the society. Academic integrity is reflected tothe larger society.
"[T]he man who is trulygood and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune may bring, andwill always act nobly as circumstances permit, just as a good generalmakes the most strategic use of the troops at his disposal, and theshoemaker makes the best shoe he can from the leather available . ..”
This quote by Aristotle’sGeneral is a clear reflection of what integrity entails. According toAristotle, a good person accepts what life has to offer them withdignity. Consequently, such a person upholds integrity in all theirendeavors. Without integrity, greed may dominate the human mind, inpursuit of leadership and success. Aristotle puts it clearly that,for one to be morally or ethical in their journey to success, therehas to be integrity in their actions. Most leaders today are blindedby the need to be in leadership and have success in life. This is aperception that has led to lack of integrity and has resulted to poorleadership in the society (Money 109). Consequently, people haveconstantly faced opposition for failure to observe integrity in theirleadership. Success in public life is dependent on integrity of theleader. Lack of integrity results to opposition of leadership by thepeople and may result to conflict and failure to deliver. Mostcountries today especially in Africa are struggling with consequencesof lack of integrity and poor leadership. This has resulted to ethnicconflicts as recently witnessed in Southern Sudan and DemocraticRepublic of Congo. Aristotle’s statement had been wisely chosen todefine what integrity and leadership relate with success in publiclife.
Academicdishonesty is any deliberate attempt to fabricate, or otherwiseinterfere with information, data, records or any other materialpertinent to student’s participation in any course, laboratory, orany academic function or practice Principles of truth and honesty arehighly regarded in a community of scholars (Michigan State UniversityN.D). When a student attains academic credentials through falsehoodor cheating, they perceive that it is right to fabricate anything ifthe results are positive i.e. getting a good job after graduatingwith an honors. This practice is further transmitted to the greatersociety. Once a person acquires a “fake degree”, they are simplynot qualified in their field of study (Bleeker 146). Once in the jobmarket through fabricated academic qualification, they may not beable to deliver as expected (Carpenteret al. 317).In addition, they may continue to cheat to achieve the objectives ofthe larger organization. This lack of integrity continues to hurt thesociety in various dimensions.
From thesurveys that I have completed as part of this course, I have come torealize that what the society becomes is dependent on what theinstitutions of learning has transmitted or taught to learners rightfrom childhood. When children are brought up in an environment thatupholds integrity, they are likely to be respectful to others and bemorally responsible. Academic dishonesty for instance predicts doomto a society, as the same students make the society (McCabe,Linda, and Kenneth 227).In this context I have realized that, what I do as an individual hasa great effect to the larger society, hence if I wish to live in agood society, I should uphold integrity at all times. In the contextof academic dishonesty, both the student and the instructor’s areresponsible in ensuring that no academic dishonest is present.
Everyone has their own setgoals in life. I intend to complete my education and join theworkforce and start making a contribution to the society. Although amaiming for a masters degree, I will have to work for a few years andbe able to establish my real passion, which will guide me into thearea of study in my masters degree. Apart from working, I want to bea reckoning force in the society. My urge to lead and influence theyouth is paramount.
To achieve this, I haverealized the need to strive in my academic work. Besides, I mustensure that I achieve my academics with integrity if at all am goingto become a reckoning force in the society. Success in public lifecan only be realized through integrity. People need to trust and aleader in order for them to listen to him or her.
Conclusively, taking thiscourse has been useful in understanding what entails academicdishonesty and have helped me realize the need for integrity in mywork. It has been an eye opener on how my behavior as an individualmay influence the larger society. Being focused to becoming areckoning force in the society, integrity will be in the center of mylife practices.
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