Three Big Lies

by Robert Pondiscio
August 2nd, 2010

1.   The check is in the mail.
2.  No, officer, I have not been drinking
3.  Copying stuff off the Internet counts as plagiarism? I had no idea!


  1. Indeed!

    Comment by Tom Hoffman — August 2, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  2. I occasionally run into this problem in my college teaching but it’s really not such a big problem. You just tell kids what constitutes cheating. A well crafted paragraph or two suffices.

    Comment by Dan Willingham — August 3, 2010 @ 4:18 am

  3. Good to hear, Dan. I didn’t see too much of it either in my limited experience as an adjunct professor. On the other hand, I didn’t spend too much time trying to ferret it out, either. I assumed students’ paper were there own unless I had reason not to. What I found surprising about the Times piece was not the allegations of plagiarism, but the idea that there are students in colleges anywhere who are so blissfully unaware — sorry, who have had their relationship to originality so altered by digital media — as to not regard lifting text as plagiarism.

    Comment by Robert Pondiscio — August 3, 2010 @ 7:53 am

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