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Many students don’t know what plagiarism is. I mean, they haven’t really understood it – why it’s an important issue, why it is important for them to avoid it. I get the feeling that most students see anti-plagiarism rules as annoying obstacles. After all, if someone has said it better than I can say it, why should I waste my time trying to say it again, but not as well? The other mindset is laziness and fear: I can’t write so I need to crib someone else’s writing, I can’t make mistakes, I would rather be doing something else.
…the white paper asks if our new digital culture — one that promotes sharing, openness, and re-use — is running counter to some of the “fundamental tenets of education — the ability to develop, organize, and express original thoughts.”
I feel like this issue is staring us in the face and we’re willfully ignoring it. Originality is being leeched from our world by the fanatical need to be social and to operate in groups. It should not be surprising that students are confused about plagiarism.