We Are Ahead of Japan When It Comes to Cheating

The Barometer recalls the 80s when we here in the USA feared that the Japanese would take over the world because they were so good with cars, real estate, and production.  Their lost decade found us pulling ahead.  And there is no need to fear a catch-up.  Folks at Kyoto University are flummoxed by a cheating scandal on entrance exams that found the questions from the two-day exam posted on the internet, followed by answers as Ask Wiki or whatever came through for the aspiring lads and lasses.  University officials believe that the applicants posted the questions on line using their smart phones.  DUH!

We here in the USA banished cell phones from exams about a decade ago.  At the Barometer’s university we were quick to catch on when a student e-mailed a stats professor during a final exam to let him know that one of the questions from his four-hour exam was posted on Ask Wiki.  The stats professor was so outraged that he nearly forgot to ask the student, “How do you know that?” 

Using the magical technology that we and service providers have, we traced the posting of the question to a phone and e-mail account that belonged to the mother of one of the students.  The mother confessed to posting the question.  The daughter had the nerve to act surprised at her mother’s lack of integrity.  The mother offered no explanation as to why she needed the answer to the probability, mean, median, mode, marble question or why time was of the essence in her quest for enlightenment. Thank goodness parents work with us on helping their children understand the importance of honesty.

From thence forward, we have banished cell phones from the kingdom of exams.  We can help the Japanese with all the other diabolical possibilities we have uncovered over the course of decades of administering exams.  A warning:  the student mind knows no limits when it comes to finding ways to earn passing grades without having to study.

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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.
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