Ethics Case Study: Best-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel – The Herald

This is an excellent case study for those of us who teach ethics in our classes. I will be using it in my blog this week.

Best-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel – The Herald: “
CTV.caBest-selling teenage author admits lifting parts of novel
The Herald – 1 hour ago
A teenage writer educated in Scotland last night admitted that passages in her best-selling debut novel had been borrowed from another book.

Here is my question, what should be the consequences? If there are none, it will reinforce to our children that the ends justifies the means.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis April 25, 2006 - 8:11 am

This is an ongoing debate, and one which needs some sort of definitive solution. As more and more literature is published and as more and more of us become contributors to rather than consumers of the web, the risk of wilful and unwitting plagiarism increases. At the same time, the risk of being caught seems to diminish. It’s a very thorny issue and far wiser minds than mine are going to be required to come up with an answer – let’s just hope that it’s soon!

BTW – I couldn’t get the link to work. I had better luck with this:

Vicki A. Davis April 25, 2006 - 9:58 am

Thanks, Karyn! I am using Google reader to blog some now and sometimes it does this on the links!

Thanks for commenting, you are certainly one of the best!

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