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Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam
Peter Nonacs/ Zócalo Public Square at 04:30 AM Apr 25 2013

9 Comments Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam Cheaters always prosper? DREAMSTIMEScience //
On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in hand, my students sat in one tight group, with notes and books and laptops open and available. They were poised to share each other's thoughts and to copy the best answers. As I distributed the tests, the students began to talk and write. All of this would normally be called cheating. But it was completely OK by me.

Who in their right mind would condone and encourage cheating among UCLA juniors and seniors? Perhaps someone with the idea that concepts in animal behaviour can be taught by making their students live those concepts.

The students began to talk and write. All of this would normally be called cheating. It was completely OK by me.Animals and their behaviour have been my passions since my Kentucky boyhood, and I strive to nurture this love for nature in…