Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Secret of Teaching

Students will never know the deep soul-sadness that a teacher feels when a student who is otherwise passing turns in a paper that is almost entirely plagiarized.

4 comments:

Hiromi said...

When I used to teach, I saw students copying each other or using some online source (like we wouldn't know) all the freaking time. It just broke my heart because I knew they didn't care about actually learning something. Gaining knowledge for its own sake, or simply improving themselves, was just not a priority to them.

I feel yer pain.

Rufus said...

I've decided the thing to do is just fail the kid and forget about it. There are many good students in the class and they make it worthwhile. Some children should be left behind.

Hiromi said...

Dude, off topic, but I was checking our weblog stats and apparently, we got a referral from a reader of yours who lives in Hanoi. Cool, huh?

Rufus said...

I think it's probably from the Andrew Sullivan link- During the 15 seconds of fame, I got people from all over. It's pretty neat that someone in Hanoi visited though. My favorite surprise guest was the fellow who stopped by from Delhi to discuss Dharma and Karma.