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Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Explained Why Students Cheat In School, And The Internet Agrees

Cheating is one of those youthful indiscretions that almost everyone's guilty of but no one admits to until they're older. Students have different reasons for cheating, but we don't talk much about it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his thoughts on an education system that leads to cheating:


The tweet received thousands of replies:

The discussion coincides with a study recently released by the American Physiological Society. The study showed that student known as "high achievers," in highly competitive courses, are more likely to cheat on their exams.

 These findings surprised researchers:

It has been thought that lower-level students were more likely to cheat because they had more to gain in the form of higher grades. However, researchers from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, found that the opposite was true.

Tyson, a Manhattan-born astrophysicist, has always been passionate about science and education. 

The tweet is one in a series of comments about the education system:

Twitter users pushed back a bit on this one:

But all in all, Tyson sparked a refreshingly civil conversation about education in the U.S.