Was Alexander cheating when he cut the Gordian knot? No, he was solving a problem directly. That is what these students are doing. The tests are working, but, they test honor first and knowledge only after honor is established. We should be more concerned that Johnny is dishonest (I presume he promised to not “cheat”) than that he didn’t fully learn Calculus. There is still time for him to learn calculus. Loosed upon society he will have little incentive to become honest.