VNV Nation - [Chosen]—- It can safely be said that these have been two of the most infuriating weeks of my life. Especially In my life as a professional instructor. In addition to having little or no time to do the things I need to do, while grading this batch of papers, I’ve found two separate instances of whole-cloth, copy/pasting plagiarism.
This means that, on Tuesday, my class and I are going to have a Very Long Talk about Plagiarism. (Gary Numan - [Prophecy]). And this will be in place of their test review.
I was very lucky, in high school and undergrad. (The Birthday Massacre - [Happy Birthday]). I had two instructors who instilled in me the understanding that intellectual rigour, integrity, and self-empowerment go hand in hand. That there is nothing as powerful, in the academic and argumentative sphere, as being able to craft an argument, back it up, and make your work both open to interpretation and unassailable. Doctors Lorraine Wilson and Jonathan Herman taught me everything I know about intellectual pride and integrity, but it wasn’t until this week that I fully understood.
In undergrad, invariably, in every class, Dr Herman would have to stop class and make a speech about plagiarism and academic honesty. (KMFDM - [Ikons]). You see, Jon said, whenever an instructor discovers plagiarism, it completely alters the dynamic of interaction within the class. The instructor and the students no longer have innate trust between them, and the instructor views each new paper with suspicion. This is, no shit, 100% true. And it’s like you can feel it. Something about a particular turn of phrase, something in the cadence of the writing…
How to Destroy Angels - [The Space in Between]—- I get it now. The dynamic is altered, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to read another one of their papers, without running it through Google… I never wanted that.
So, on Tuesday, in place of at least part of their test review, there will be me, giving one of Dr Herman’s speeches.
Dead Can Dance - [Labour of Love (radio)]—- I will, of course, give him proper attribution.