Getting Through College, Thanks To Plagiarism
from the punishment-takes-care-of-itself dept
There have been plenty of stories about college kids cheating by buying or just cutting and pasting complete assignments for their classes, but this BBC piece includes a quote from someone claiming that she basically did that on every paper she’s turned in throughout college, and is now using the same cut-and-paste method to finish up her dissertation. Clearly, that’s an outlier example, but it does show how far people will go. The article includes lots of quotes from people who complain about the dumbing down of our education system that has allowed this to happen, but I’m not sure that’s the case. Kids have always cheated in school. This just makes the process easier. Of course, what they don’t mention is that the real punishment is already being handed out to these kids. They’re attending (and in many cases paying quite a bit) four years of college and not learning a damn thing, because all they’re doing is cutting and pasting.