Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cheating, plagiarism in Ohio; Washington DC

Although titled Students Stick Up For Teens, Teacher In Plagiarism Investigation, a WTOV piece makes the recent Ohio plagiarism matter look even worse. Does the following amount to "sticking up"?

"A lot of kids haven't even bothered to come to school because they're not graduating," said Frei.

Frei said while she believes cheating is wrong, it all boils down to the fact that her class is the first at JVS to have to take the state graduation test.

"I feel like the students were put under pressure," said Frei. "This test determines whether or not they graduate."

Of the teacher:

“During the investigation, it is suspected that there may be a teacher who may have assisted the students,” said Edwards. “It was decided the best course of action to take at this time is to put her on administrative leave. It is with pay, effective immediately."

Dowdle said she is angry the school put the teacher on leave because the investigation is not complete, and she feels a person is innocent until proven guilty.

"I feel like we lost a very great teacher. She was very respected. She taught us very well."

This case is more about cheating on exams than about plagiarism. The plagiarism angle comes in because the cheaters all copied the SAME answer, which may have been provided by a teacher. Well, like the sign in Orlando used to say, plagiarism saves time. The Harvard Business Review still says, Plagiarize with pride.

See also Plagiarism in Ohio

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, one has what looks like a variant of the SIU plagiarism scandal. The San Diego Union Tribune (opinion online) reports:

So the new mayor of Washington D.C., trying to win a rep as a bold, innovative education reformer, offers a massive blueprint for fixing schools -- and two months later it's discovered to be a work of mass plagiarism:

[Mayor Adrian] Fenty's 31-page document is a blueprint of his plans to improve students' academic performance. It contains passages that are virtually identical to some in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools' strategic plan -- including the opening statement describing the administration's vision. ....

In Fenty's document, with "DRAFT" stamped on each page, strategies to create reading and math classes for middle school students, recruit teachers and use "secret shoppers" to judge how parents are treated by school employees come directly from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg plan.

The administration's proposal for a "data dashboard" with statistical indicators to enable "the public to see, at a glance, whether current improvement efforts are on track and to respond appropriately when problems arise" is lifted from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg document.

About 32 percent, or 8,000 words, of Fenty's document is borrowed, said John Barrie, spokesman for, a plagiarism detection system designed to help non-academic institutions identify unauthentic material.

IPBiz notes that the Union Tribune never posted LBE's comment about how Terri Somers neglected to mention that the Thomson / WARF stem cell patent cited, and distinguished, the work of Ariff Bongso. Somers also neglected to mention that Loring had embryonic stem cell patent claims BROADER than those of Thomson in a patent application that did NOT mention the work of Bongso or of Thomson. It's a strange, strange world in San Diego.


Blogger Addison Lande said...

i use my fast pass card on the way out. it's in my wallet the magnetism lets me right through the little orange
doors. the color scheme here is 70s charming. luckily the man who'd be watching the gates is now closing them and while he's not looking i can slink past into the dark. we're in rockvillIe.

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