I've got to thank and curse Mrs. PrivateCaller for this one. I woke up at 2:55am last night (after dozing off around midnight) and checked my Droid.
Unfortunately, I didn't get back to sleep after reading the eye-opening article she sent me:
The Shadow Scholar
DEFINITELY READ THIS ONE!!!
Here's my favorite excerpt:
I, who have no name, no opinions, and no style, have written so many papers at this point, including legal briefs, military-strategy assessments, poems, lab reports, and, yes, even papers on academic integrity, that it's hard to determine which course of study is most infested with cheating. But I'd say education is the worst. I've written papers for students in elementary-education programs, special-education majors, and ESL-training courses. I've written lesson plans for aspiring high-school teachers, and I've synthesized reports from notes that customers have taken during classroom observations. I've written essays for those studying to become school administrators, and I've completed theses for those on course to become principals. In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence community is infiltrated by double agents. (Future educators of America, I know who you are.)
The comment section is lively and LONG - offering many good tangential discussions. I only made it through a quarter of it this morning and hope to read the rest on the train.
Now I have to go into NYC with the fam to continue my son's low budget 6th birthday celebration. After that, I'm going to linger in the City to go boozing with my buddy. Going to be a long day/night/early morning...
I probably won't post again until Monday, as per my new policy.