The New Face of Plagerism

05 Feb

It’s no wonder she looked so awkward and uncomfortable with the attention, compliments, and adulations; they weren’t to her credit.

When collecting journals the girls told me to look out for hers. And that the teacher always read hers aloud the next day because it was a serial. I was quite curious to read hers. High school girls are notoriously self conscious and to have a girl who writes a story and shares it…well, I wanted to see what she had to say. 

Disappointed, not the word, horrified, not either, annoyed, don’t think so, I think it was just pathetic…maybe sad.

It was the War with Mr. Wizzle, just badly written. Seriously she took all his dialogue, but left off the interim action. And she purported like it was her work. And everyone thought she was talented genius, with creative original ideas, with a fresh voice.

So I didn’t give her a mark…let her read her own work (I wasn’t gonna read that c___p) and spoke to her afterward. She claims she told the teacher that it wasn’t an original idea, but between you and me, she was so uncomfortable when she said that, that I know she didn’t. Am I supposed to call her out more than I already did?


Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Teaching


4 responses to “The New Face of Plagerism

  1. Life On A Cotton Ball @ Blogger

    February 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Watching my siblings write reports and things, I noticed plagiarism something that has become so much more prevalent. So many things are copied from sites like Wikipedia, word for word!

    I think that you may want to speak to her a bit more, not just about plagiarism from books, but about stealing ideas in general.

    Hey, at least she copied a half decent book! Gordan Korman was always one of my favorite authors!

  2. Princess Lea

    February 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Considering how she can get expelled from college for pulling shtick like that, never mind that whole commandment “Thou shalt not steal” thing, I think you could have really should have terrified her with some good ol’ fashioned Jewish guilt.


    “It really is such a shame, Shprintzy. I thought I saw in you such potential, but it would seem . . . (heart-broken sigh) that you have no qualms about modeling trashy public school kids by cheating your way through school, never mind conning friends into false adoration. Your great-grandmother, who would walk ten miles in the snow rather than give false impressions, will be weeping at the busha that she had such a descendant.”

  3. shatzileh

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Plagiarism is never ok. If she’s telling the truth, and the teacher does in fact know it’s not original work, the teacher or the student should get up in front of the class and make that clear when reading the story. Giving credit where it is due is pretty important in our faith as well.

    I’d say you should speak to the teacher/an administrator about it. If the student was lying, someone should speak to her about it. If she wasn’t, then shame on the teacher for reading it out loud every day and giving the girl credit.

    What Princess Lea said is right – you could never get away with any of this in the ‘outside world.’ Unfortunately, that’s not a reason you can give to people nowadays, for fear of hearing the ‘But I’m not going to college/work in the secular world anyway,’ excuse. HOWEVER, honestly, integrity and hakaras hatov are applicable in our society as well, and if high school girls aren’t being taught that… well.

  4. harryer than them all

    February 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I had pirchei leaders adapt gordon korman books for their stories and we loved them. Then I read the books and they were even better.

    Maybe people thought it was original because they never read the books she “adapted”, but in truth she should know that she cannot write such stories as her own


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