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Jon "maddog" Hall
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Hello Keith,

I used to teach at several universities many years ago.  I deal with a lot of university students now, and recently I talked with one who had seen his classmates cheating on a test using their cell phones.  The proctor of the test had been watching them closely, but after a while started working on his laptop and did not see them sending text messages to each other.

I encouraged the student to tell the professor what had happened, but he was shy about doing it.

I will add a couple more issues to your questions.

A cheaters "perfect score" affects all the other student's grades in various ways.  It helped to mask what may have been a difficult or poorly written question by allowing them to find the "right answer" where other students who studied did not.  If the test is graded on a curve, the cheater raises the class average, and therefore affects the curve.

The cheater, when going out into the real world, will be less prepared than the student who studied hard and did not cheat, or (assuming they keep "cheating" in life) will give a bad reputation to the professor and school who gave them the grade and the diploma.

In the end, it is not really your call to make.  Most institutions have a policy on cheating, and to protect yourself you need to follow it.

Cheaters are often hard to identify.  Even in your case you can not be sure of their cheating, you can only guess.  When you do identify them, they may stop cheating, particularly if you have a conversation with them talking about the issues, or they may just become more careful, in all of their classes, or just in yours.

I suggest this path:

o Go to your dean (either Dean of Instruction or Dean of Students) and tell him what happened.  Find out the school policy on cheating.

o You may not be able to do anything about this incident, but to protect both you and your students you  should have this talk with them, and with every class you ever teach, telling them there is ZERO tollerance for cheating of any type.  The next time you see someone cheating, they are out of your class and out of the school.

Sound harsh?  I had a kid years ago that had been caught cheating before I joined the department.  He was difficult to catch, but the previous department head and the senior staff had caught him and he was dismissed from the school.

A couple of years later he came back and asked if he could be readmitted.  Against the wishes of the senior staff (the department head had moved on) the Dean of Students re-admitted the student.

I had him in one of my classes.  He had been absent for a test, so I sent him with a make-up test (which I generated just for him so I knew he could not have just copied the answers) to the library to take.  He was to leave all his books and notes with me.

Halfway through the test period I went to check on him.  I found on the shelf of the desk he was sitting at a copy of the textbook for the course.  He had been reading it to get the answers to the test.

I was furious, and took him down to the Dean of Students.  All the way the kid never talked about how it was wrong to cheat, but only what his life would be like if he got kicked out of school a second time.

Not my problem.  And from that day I have had a "zero tollerance" for it.

And I hope you never again leave an answer key on the desk.

Warmest regards,

Jon "maddog" Hall
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Foz do Iguassu, Brazil...it is much larger than this picture can show.
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I was late to this party, so I did not feel like adding my comment to the 500+ ones that engaged from Linus' "Batshit Crazy" comments.

My own comments have to do with my special situation of being homosexual, being interested in marriage equality, and Mr. Romney's stated opposition to marriage equality, which I assume has to do with his, and other selected religions.  I say "selected", since not all religions condemn homosexual relations or partnerships.

In all the arguments I have ever heard against marriage equality, the main one comes down to a religious one...that God intended man and woman to be the definition of marriage.

I have been told many times that it is the religious, sacred connotation of the word "marriage" that is being defended.  I have been told that most religious people would not mind the concept of "civil union", and that Christians "hate the sin, but love the sinner".

But now the Republican Party has drafted a platform that Mr. Romney agrees with, saying no marriage and no civil unions for same-sex couples.  The Republicans would enforce the "Defense of Marriage Act", which is in reality a "Do not treat same-sex couples equally act", and would restore "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" despite there having been no melt-down of the armed forces as was predicted by the religous right.

Please tell me again how religion is not affecting the state?  And please do not mix up "morality" with religion.  I can point to many philosophies and individuals who are extremely moral without being religious, including our Founding Fathers.

Some people say "Don't worry.  Mitt does not really feel this way.  He will not let his religion influence the way he leads the country."  Sorry, I do not buy it.

Here is a man who says he gave 10 per cent of his wealth (including, I assume, all the money he hid offshore) to the Mormon Church, yet squeals when he has to give above 15% tax on his revenues that he can not deduct or hide in some way.....taxes that pay for the armies he says we need to protect his money.

And he has signed a document that says he will not support marriage equality, as well as supporting this Republican Platform.

So Romney either really agrees with the Republican Platform, or he is lying to his party.

For all of those who feel that the Republicans are right on issues of "defending marriage", let me remind you that in the 'defense of marriage' the next step is to "make divorces harder" (as Brian Brown of NOM stated) as if divorces were not hard enough.  After all, certain religions do not like divorcees to remarry.

Welcome to the theocracy.
This is a really interesting Reddit AMA: much more so than the Obama one that got so much press, although they are obviously both related to the upcoming US elections.

Mormonism as a religion is a fairly close second to the Scientologists in the race to "Batshit Crazy", and quite frankly, it's not brought up enough in politics because of idiotic politically correct fears of religious criticism.

What is interesting is also that the whole "closet atheist" like in the AMA (or at least "doubting") seems to not be unusual among Mormons. I've met people like thism who basically cannot admit even to their family that they aren't believers, but are then able to talk to me just because they know I'm atheist.

So despite that apparent widespread acknowledgement that there's some serious crazy stuff there based on the rantings on a convicted con-man, the social bonds seem to hold it together fairly closely.

Now, any religion tends to be more about the social bonds than the actual belief, but I think Morminism shows that more than most just due to how obviously ridiculous some of it is, and because the history is in fairly well-documented historical times.

Older religions have had more time to adjust their crazy (or bring it mainline, so that it isn't quite as obviously ridiculous, because you don't think about it)

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/z6ufq/iama_hardcore_mormon_who_will_tell_you_what_we/
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These kids remind me there is a future for our society.
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Steve Mann and Thad Starner were some of the early "Cyborgs" of MIT's Media Labs.

I am really excited about this, because Google has the power to create the momentum that could have this type of heads-up display become affordable to the masses.

As someone who has been wearing glasses for fifty years, I am happy that might move beyond just "corrective vision" hanging on my ears.
We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.

Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?

+Babak Parviz +Steve Lee +Sebastian Thrun
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