Monday, August 02, 2010

Yes, but it is still plagiarism

I confess to being disappointed at the almost cavalier way this New York Times report dismisses the increasing problem of plagiarism on college campuses.

Especially considering the recent problems the journalism industry has had with reporters "borrowing" information from other sources (or making them up) -- something the New York Times would know something about -- it concerns me that the aforementioned story didn't take a harder line on acknowledging that plagiarism is wrong. And that's true no matter how it happens.

Granted, higher education might need to be more proactive in assisting students in recognizing right from wrong, but it certainly doesn't help our cause when one newspaper report seems to pass it off as "oh, well."

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