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Joshua Rhys Taliesin O'Madadhain

cheating as an industry

Joshua Rhys Taliesin O'Madadhain


cheating as an industry

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It makes me feel a little bit better to know that he won't touch math. (Or, presumably, the other hard sciences.) But, you know, not a whole lot.

I've gone on in this space about my own experiences, as a TA, dealing with cheating. (If you missed out, it's not that hard to get me to recap. *wry smile*)

If this really is as widespread a phenomenon as the author suggests--and I suspect that while he exaggerates somewhat, perhaps not much--this really does point to something broken in our educational system.

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  • Other than the ethics of it, his job sounds like one I'd love. :-P

    I agree with his point that evaluating students (at all levels) should not be the ultimate goal, but educating them should be. It's such a shame that the "accountability" push from outside education ends up instead hurting our students.
    • Really? I'd hate his job.

      I mean, ethics aside, his job sounds a lot like that of an incredibly overcommitted student, except that instead of having his assignments given to him by instructors that at least most of the time are reasonable human beings that can communicate more or less competently, his assignments come from quasi-illiterate, ignorant, and desperately pushy students. Plus he doesn't get to choose what he wants to study.

      I don't think that external accountability is the only thing that drives the way that education works, although that's obviously a significant factor. I think that a desire on the part of teachers to understand how effective they're being at teaching, coupled with the fact that in many contexts it's really hard (and/or time-consuming) to do a good job of measuring how well students are doing, also contributes significantly.

      I don't have any answers here, or I'd be on the lecture circuit. (Well, maybe not.)
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