Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Plagiarism and Higher Education


I guess some things never change. When I was in college, students did this frequently but it was more covert at the time (at least, it was to me). We'd only hear about it when the university wanted to make an example of "what not to do." And students were not only embarrassed but remorseful for cheating. These days, according to the author of the article, there's no remorse and professors have had to place more emphasis on "policing" papers. How sad! Sad for the students because they're cheating themselves out of the enrichment of learning for themselves and expanding their minds. And what's even worse is that these students (if they don't get expelled and actually manage to graduate with a degree) will go out into the world and cheat customers.

It is a moral issue that will follow them because it's ingrained in their moral and spiritual DNA. If there is no remorse, no integrity, no accountability, then what does that say for the future of this country?

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