Is it cheating to edit photographs?

Is it cheating to edit photographs?

Every time we reach the editing module of A Year With My Camera I have at least 1 in 10 students tell me that they will be skipping this part because they believe in getting the photograph right when they take it, not fixing it afterwards.

And every time this happens I silently curse the forums and camera clubs that have fostered this attitude.

Before you decide either way, will you let me explain why the forums and camera clubs aren't telling you the whole story?