Saskatoon Schools Go Soft on Plagiarism

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CBC News - Saskatchewan - Saskatoon schools go easy on plagiarism

Will other jurisdictions copy this trend?
lone wolf
Is this in reflection of "teachers" who don't do so well in the art of instruction (or teaching how to write a complete sentence) ...?
Dexter Sinister
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Will other jurisdictions copy this trend?

I certainly hope not. This is another New Age educationists' experiment on our children that, like the New Math, is going to flunk. By all means let's teach our children that plagiarism isn't serious, dishonesty is acceptable, not doing the work is not a problem, pass everybody no matter how badly they do, don't want to hurt their feelings or damage their fragile self esteem. Where do these soft-headed thinkers come from? And people wonder why Enron collapsed, and the sub-prime mortgage crisis happened, and the three guys my neighbour hired to build her deck spent four days doing a job I could have done in a day by myself because I wouldn't have been standing around smoking and chatting on a cell phone.
What it boils down to is removing accountability... ironically though, it's removing it from the teachers more than it's removing it from the students. If a teacher has to dock a student for plagiarizing, then their marks go down. if their marks go down, it throws their metric off and shows that they're not teaching properly, not disciplining properly. So, rather than properly teach the student, they just adapt to their errors to improve their metric rather than their performance.
They let idiots graduate who have no business doing so, and now this? I pity the world when the new generation of morons has to take over.
"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
- Socrates (469 - 399 BCE)
The poll in the article states 86% of respondents disagree with this loony-toon idea. Why do teachers agree with cheating?

How about this, since teachers want to do less work here, their pay ought to be docked, let's start with 20% off the top.

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