Plague of Plagiarism - Exploratory Essay

Plague of Plagiarism - Exploratory Essay - The Plague of...

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The Plague of Plagiarism Simply defined, the word plagiarism means “the unauthorized use of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own” (“Plagiarism”). While many students understand and comprehend the first clause of this definition, many encounter problems with the second part – the thoughts part. Many students in today’s educational system are frequently unable to develop their own thoughts, opinions, and ideas relating to the subject matter that they are studying. However, when people at a university are educated according to the ways set forth by John Henry Newman in “The Idea of a University,” their ability to create original concepts would be cultivated to the point, where they do not feel the need to plagiarize and cheat. Newman also states that in the end, the university will produce citizens that can give back to society (48). Jeffrey Hart makes a similar point in “How to Get a College Education.” Therefore, according to both Newman and Hart, an honest person will be fashioned by the university. Since honesty does not breed cheating, should not cheating then be minimized? Plagiarism and its sister cheating are plagues on society that only serve to corrupt it. Nevertheless, the education given by a university can diminish and, perhaps, even eradicate the disease by instilling in students, a sense of honor, and implementing harsh penalties on those caught cheating or plagiarizing. The fostering of independent thought is sometimes forgone in today’s educational
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This note was uploaded on 07/24/2011 for the course ENG 115 taught by Professor Manor during the Spring '11 term at Northern Virginia Community College.

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