Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It

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Cheating Dishonesty and Manipulation[QUALITY PAPERBACK]



Kate Maupin, M.A.

Classroom/ Interpersonal Relationships/ Learning/ Ethics

A shockingly large percentage of gifted students self-reported that not only had they cheated in an academic setting, but they had also never been caught. Bright children try to manipulate parents and teachers for many reasons—boredom and a lack of appropriate challenges, social anxiety and a need to fit in, fear of failure, or simply avoiding responsibility. Kate Maupin addresses the symptoms, the underlying causes, and how to address roots of the problem, rather than simple punishment, so that children do not become repeat offenders.

Cheaters only cheat themselves out of the true joy of learning and accomplishment, at best achieving the cheap satisfaction of beating the system and at worst locking themselves into an unhealthy pattern of deceit. Dishonest, manipulative behavior can become so ingrained that the habit is difficult to break once students reach high school or college. Maupin discusses solutions and strategies to build honesty and confidence and to provide appropriate challenges and healthy outlets for creativity so that children can become self-sufficient, life-long learners who no longer feel a need to resort to cheating, dishonesty, or manipulation.


Length: 320 Pages
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-29-0


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Price: $26.95


What people are saying about Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation:

“‘Not my child’ may be your reaction to Kate Maupin’s new book, but ignore this book at your child’s peril.” – Barbara Sattler, J.D., Parent, former Superior Court Judge and author of Dog Days and Anne Levy’s Last Case

“This book discusses maladaptive behaviors that young people sometimes display when dealing with the pressures of schooling. Maupin describes ways teachers and parents can help gifted and creative children avoid devious habits and develop healthy ones.  An important contribution and a fascinating read.” – Joseph S, Renzulli, Ph.D., Director, The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut

“Whether you’re a parent or teacher who suspects cheating, or you work with manipulators, or you remember your own days avoiding being caught, this book gives you all you want to know. Kate Maupin offers great stories and clear ideas for working together to guide bright learners beyond the temptation to cheat.” – Jane Hesslein, M.A., Teacher, Seattle Country Day School and Former Board Member, SENG


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