Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Taking a Stand

Mr. Frost teaches a college course for UFT teachers. Seven weeks into the course, he decided to actually start reading some of the assignments he'd been collecting and was horrified to discover that one student was largely copying from the book, and two were handing in identical papers.

He spoke to the student who copied from the book, and told her she'd have to write in her own words from now on. She thanked him and followed his advice. But the two who copied from each other faced a different fate. He told them it was absolutely unacceptable, and that they would almost certainly fail.

The students protested. They said that everyone did it. But Mr. Frost stood firm and failed both of them.

After all, if you don't have standards, what's the point of doing this job?
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