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He said he had "consulted with a colleague" who also said it was impossible from the work on the page to derive those answers.
- Teacher meets with son along with his 2 homeroom teachers (who presumably know him better).
- Son admits to cheating.
- Son informs mom later that night and admits lying but says they were "very angry and insisting"
I had to go back to OP's post to catch this statement. Of course coming at us 3rd hand it is open to interpretation, but my reading of it is that the student might have started down the wrong path with the work shown, and then just plunked down the right answers. On TWO problems. If the logic isn't there, then he couldn't have arrived at said answer on that path.
And for all those who think their kids are so brilliant that they just don't have to bother with writing down their logic, that's horsepucky. Even the most brilliant scientists and mathematicians have to be able to convey their reasoning to others. We don't just take them at their word.