I share Heffernan's enthusiasm for Cathy Davidson's book about "attention blindness," and for what it implies for education.
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- "Anyone who thinks they can get away with plagiarizing Wikipedia is either a dumbkopf or thinks their instructor is a dumkopf." -- or is playing the odds that the instructor has been beaten down by the system and just might let it slide. How well those odds are figured probably varies, but I could (sadly) see some institutions or instructors letting a certain amount go through.Aug 8, 2011
- I fear you are correct, Michael. How did I get so old without getting cynical? Wait. I remember now. I was cynical when I was young.Aug 8, 2011
- There was an apologia from some instructor [ published not long ago ] that announced he was throwing in the towel re: reporting plagiarists. As I recollect, many accusations of it being fiction were thrown. Hard to say what it all meant or means.
And then, as if that weren't enough, there's this little gem: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Shadow-Scholar/125329/
PS: Curse G+ for its asinine mutation of double-hyphens.Aug 8, 2011
- i think it's more learned helplessness .. but what do i knowAug 8, 2011
- Aug 8, 2011
- Article by Cathy Davidson today at Inside Higher Ed:
A quote: By funneling all the different ways we learn the world into a very few subjects that count and are tested – what I’ll call "pre-professorial training" – we make education hell for so many kids, we undermine their skills and their knowledge, we underscore their resentment, we emphasize class division and hierarchy, and we shortchange their future and ours, underestimating talents that should be nourished and thereby forcing them to fight for themselves against odds, giving them obstacles to their own integrity and self-worth and value to fight when we should be giving them inspiration to flourish.Aug 8, 2011