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Tamara S. reviewed The Cheating Culture : Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead on
This book discusses how cheating is now accepted as part of the american culture. People are now expected to cheat to get by. Callahan discusses several instances of cheating, mostly in business and education and briefly discusses a plan for fixing this problem.
I agree that cheating has gotten out of control in our society, but i really don't think cheating in america is a new phenomenon. i think america has always been a cut throat country, we're just seeing more of our true nature now because of the spread of technology, the internet, 24 hour media coverage, and the exploding growth of the infotainment industry.
I'm a teacher in NYC. I can tell you stories about cheating that you wouldn't believe (and not just by students, mostly administrators). It's widely accepted and apparently it always has been. I'm looked at as the crazy person if I don't accept it. Corruption is a part of our daily lives. The "well adjusted" people in our society accept this. Those who question or want change are labeled as bitter, frustrated, inept, depressed, antisocial, angry and/or hiding behind their race or gender as an excuse. I don't know if Callahan's plan for a new social contract can fix these problems. Personally, I'm not convinced people really want change. I think most people are just hoping the gapping holes in our ethics will stay there long enough for them to succeed. But I do applaud Callahan for writing an entertaining book and airing the country's dirty laundry. Even if it doesn't change anything, it's nice to know the truth is out there in black and white.