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    teacherken, lazybum, captainlaser

    I know I've shared this before, but here is the number one horror story from my days studying history.

    My senior year, I was finishing my last history courses. They were all senior level, just about everyone was going to be graduating within the year. Our term paper was to be peer reviewed with an airing of our arguments by our peer reviewer. When this day came, one of the student's had "written" a paper that went something like this:

    "Quote" conjunction "quote." Preposition, "quote," conjunction, "quote."
    This went on for the entirety of the paper. Luckily for him, we still had plenty of time before the final paper was due.

    Sadly, he said that he didn't know that what he had done was wrong.

    He had no voice in the entire paper. There were almost zero original thoughts (as much as can be expected in undergrad history, but still).

    He was a bright kid, shy, but still bright. How could it possibly be that it wasn't until one of his final courses that he was told his writing was, well, not writing? Yes, he is but one student. Perhaps there weren't any others like him in our department. But somehow I doubt it. You don't string together quotes for your final paper in one of your last history courses. This should have been nipped in the bud back in high school- hell, middle school.

    But this behavior was passed along all the way through college! I genuinely felt sorry for him. He deserved better, but with what this article says is true.

    Our system is built to pass along this type of behavior. And it is a gargantuan problem.

    •  Nobody would get away with that on this site (0+ / 0-)
      Unless you take your hand off the blockquote button, I will kill you.

      We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

      by captainlaser on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:01:19 PM PST

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