“What’s the Right Thing To Do?” is a monthly column featuring ethical dilemmas with responses from students in the Greater Boston area. I am aware of the daily dilemmas students face and this column, of interest to both students and their parents, helps people openly discuss these issues and bring these ethical discussions we all face to the forefront. This concept is especially timely because we are faced with very challenging ethical dilemmas, which are even more prevalent now because of the power and influence of social media.
You had a big math exam yesterday. You studied really hard and felt confident with your answers even though the test was very difficult. Your friend intentionally skipped school the day of the exam because they were not prepared for it. After you take the exam, your friend starts asking you what all of the test questions and answers are. What’s the right thing to do?
“In this situation, I would feel really uncomfortable sharing the answers with my friend. I worked really hard to study for this test and its their fault for not putting in any effort. I would not share with them anything about the test, and tell them they need to study on their own.”
—Jenna, 15 years old
“I would not give my friend the answers to the test. It would be extremely unfair for them to cheat, especially because they skipped the test for no valid reason. If my friend kept bothering me to share my answers from the test, I would tell the teacher. My friend should be held accountable for skipping the exam and trying to cheat, and should be taking the test with no prior knowledge of what is on the exam, just like everyone else.”
—Jacob, 14 years old
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