Thursday, March 21, 2002

Anti-plagiarism software sparks controversy: The Economist has an excellent overview of anti-plagiarism software used by teachers to catch cheaters. Interestingly enough, although many good schools like Duke and Rutgers are using it, many of the top-notch schools like Harvard are not. One person quoted in the article suggests that this is because places like Harvard don't want any cheating to be exposed. The article also discusses a recent incident in which a high school biology teacher in Kansas used this software and discovered that 28 out of 118 of her students plagiarized their botany projects. After she flunked them, the school board caved into protests from angry parents and overturned the flunking grades. The teacher then resigned in protest, igniting a firestorm of controversy in this small town.