Plagiarism has not reached “water cooler hot topic” status, but it is a subject that is not going away in 2015. In fact it has been linked to a U.S. presidential candidate, an award winning South Korean author, a news director, and even a TV show contestant.
Reading and writing form the backbone to just about every other type of course, including math, science, and social studies. Without learning how to read, comprehend and express ideas, students cannot excel at any other subject, because fundamentally, the purpose of knowledge isn’t just to regurgitate information, it’s to assimilate that information, process it and express ideas based on that information.
You may be wondering, “Really? Another article on that?” Yes! It is quite surprising how much trouble a simple little word like that can cause, and that is notorious not only for creeping into your writing where it’s not needed, but also for being used incorrectly.
We have all asked the question at one time or another – “Where did the time go?” When the instructor handed out the research paper assignment you had 10 weeks to turn it in – no problem! But the paper is due Wednesday and it is Monday afternoon. Where did time go?Read More
No one likes a cheater. Whether its our social interactions, relationships at home, work or school, people who are not authentic, who don’t develop integrity and trust, run the risks of facing more problems with their life experiences. In this information age, academic dishonesty in the classroom has become quite prevalent. There is so much content available to students that they need to be taught at an early age how to maintain originality and not to choose to cheat.
Technology is changing the face of education. The digital age has transformed every aspect of culture and education as more opportunities are available for quick and instant communication, as well as tools that can help enhance teaching methods. In the education world, there is a mix of digital natives vs digital immigrants. But one of the challenges of the digital age is ensuring that all students are equipped to understand and utilize the technological tools at their disposal, a tall task given the rapid rate of innovation.
When applying for admission to a college or university, whether for undergraduate or graduate studies, there are few things more important than the personal statement required by many institutions. You want to give this particular piece of writing your full attention because this is where you can tell much more about who you are as a person than can be conveyed by ticking various boxes and filling in the blanks of an application. It often becomes a deciding factor in whether or not you’ll get into the school of your choice. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing personal statements for university admission:
Whether it’s destroying the candidacy of a politician such as Joe Biden, or it’s rearing its ugly head in the content of an admired but flawed TV drama such as “True Detective,” plagiarism is a curse and an insult when used in the creative arts. But is plagiarism really that bad? Certainly, plagiarism says something negative about a person who steals wholesale from another work and attempts to pass it as original thought, but too often, what critics call plagiarism is really just the appropriation of archetypes and long-held beliefs that have been circulating for many years. Legendary writer Mark Twain took on this subject when he defended Helen Keller from a charge of plagiarism.