Education: The Faltering Gray Line

"A Cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do." So states the honor code at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This week trials begin for 49 cadets, each of whom will try to prove to a board of Army officers that, in fact, he did not breach the code while preparing a homework assignment. The cheating scandal, the largest at West Point since 1951, when more than half the football team was involved, has rocked the academy's self-image, while raising serious questions about the code.

Honor Boards. The charges stem from a take-home assignment given...

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