Friday, October 28, 2005

Your Response is Requested

In our MC next week we are planning to talk about cheating. I'm wondering-- what is the difference between cheating on a test and cheating in team competition during youth group. I'd love your feedback...especially if you are still in high school.



At 10:38 PM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

This is where I'm hoping you'll comment.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Okay, so I was thinking about this, and I do think there is a difference. When you take tests, it's testing what you've learned in whatever class it is, and if you end up with a better grade because of it, it's dishonest because you're getting somewhere you don't deserve to be because you were taking advantage of someone else's hard work.

Games in youth group, on the other hand, are never really that serious in the first palce. It's just a bunch of kids messing around with each other and having fun. So I think cheating in those games, when it happens, is more to just have fun and get reactions out of people. And if someone ends up with a prize because they cheated... well unless that person is a real jerk they'll share it. Especially since usually it's just candy or something. And if the cheating really upsets someone else, it's usually calmed down pretty quickly with an apology or a "re-do." And then immediately forgotten about. At least that's how I've always witnessed it.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, to me it seems like there's a completely different tone between the two things. Tests are for measuring whether or not you're learning things, and gypping yourself out of that is only hurting you. Cheating in a game that lasts for ten minutes of your life while you're just having fun... it isn't as important. Maybe it does come down to "the principle of the thing," and I'm not saying that people SHOULD cheat during games in youth group, but it is, after all, just a game.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

Thanks for your input Sarah! Anyone else care to add anything? I'd love to hear from you before Nov 2.


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