The proliferation of plagiarism

This post brought back the vague memory of this story. Reading about Blair Hornstein's accomplishments one can't help but wonder (and hope) how much of that straight-A classwork was also borrowed from others.

I'm sitting here, getting really pissed off just reading about it.

Some would argue that she's gotten what she deserves. After all, Harvard University reportedly rescinded her acceptance as a member of the Class of 2007. I don't think it's enough taking into consideration her history.

I say make an example of her. Because, let's face it, there are hundreds - if not thousands - of high school students out there who think it's okay to cheat. There are many who borrow from obscure websites or sources thinking they'll never be found out.

This should also be a time for universities and colleges to reconsider their own excessive admissions criteria. In order to get into one of the Top 25, you not only need high SAT scores and a near perfect GPA, but must demonstrate a flair for philanthropy, leadership roles in extracurricular activities (yes, plural), and preferably letter in one or more sports. (I'm not even going to touch the letters of recommendation, the essay portion of the application or the personal interview).

It's probably because this wretched little witch reminds me of someone I once went to school with way back when, but I hope she ends up at some no-name junior college in the middle of nowhere.

(my condolences to all of the poor students who must share a campus with this person)

How do you feel about cheating? Did you ever cheat? WHY is everyone cheating - Plagiarizing - Not attributing? And why do they feel it's okay?


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