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Loye Young

I am the professor.

You ask good questions.

For an explanation of the moral underpinnings of my actions, see "Is Humiliation an Ethically Appropriate Response to Plagiarism?" http://www.iycc.org/node/370.

For an analysis of whether an "F" and expulsion are effective deterrents, see "Game Theory: Why Plagiarizing is a Winning Strategy" http://www.iycc.org/node/380.

Respecting FERPA, no violation of the law occurred, and it's not even a close case. As you rightly note, FERPA protects "educational records". No educational record was ever created or disclosed.

Students have no privacy rights with respect to work they post online. The Department of Education has issued specific guidance to that effect.

For more details, see http://www.iycc.org/node/369.

Happy Trails,

Loye Young
Isaac & Young Computer Company
Laredo, Texas

Dr. Delaney Kirk

Thanks for commenting. I agree with you, what HAVE we taught these students? I especially liked your example of Joe Biden. I had a situation several years ago where the university rewarded a student's behavior that in the long run will not do the student any favors. I've been meaning to share the story on my blog. May do so now. Thanks for the links.

Jeff Hess

Shalom Delaney,

We live in a culture where cheating, finding the edge that allows you to beat out your opponents, is encouraged.

I think back to something you wrote last month:

"Great teachers waste no time in answering the unspoken question on every student's mind, “Does anything important happen in this class?"

Would students cheat if they knew that what they learned in any one class would dramatically effect their ability to learn later?

Students have been well trained by our educational system to retain only as much and as long as it takes to pass the test. We teach them that there is no long-term benefit from 95 percent of their classes.

They're not fools. They put in just enough energy to get back the desired grade and then they move on. If the class doesn't matter in any real way, cheating is irrelevant.

When we tell them that cheating only hurts them, they know it's a joke.

When they see real value, they will pour themselves into a class. And they won't cheat.

When learning becomes all about results and not the process, it becomes a sham.



Dr. Delaney Kirk

Good point, Jeff. I posted on this earlier that yes, Virginia, you are going to be expected to know this stuff. Thanks for commenting. http://www.delaneykirk.com/2008/10/worked-in-manag.html

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