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Which Is Worse: Cheating Vs. Plagiarism

500x_cutpasteSo apparently the Atlanta public schools aren't engaged in any systemic test cheating scheme, but kids individually and en masse are cheating on papers and such without fully appreciating what they're doing.  Cheating Inquiry in Atlanta Largely Vindicates Schools NYT:  An independent commission found no evidence of “any district-wide or centrally coordinated effort to manipulate” test scores... Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in the Digital Age NYT:  Many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious academic misdeed..  Which is worse? v I say cheating on tests.  Which is more prevalent?  I'm guessing it's plagiarism.  Submitting papers to Turnitin is de rigeur at some schools -- every paper, every kid, part of the regular turning papers in system.  It's the mash-up culture gone wild.

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Cheating and plagarism is a major concern for all educational entities. It is one thing to cheat and not know it. It is another thing to cheat and know it and not own up to it. Academic integrity is vital to success. We cannot take the words of others and use it as our own nor can we copy someone elses work. Please give credit where credit is due. Plagarism is cheating. Cheating is just cheating. If we are to be scholars in our field, then we must not get caught up in these two demons. Our academic career will be over. So if you want to know if you have plagarized your academic work, do some research and find out the strategies one can memmick that will not cause you to lose academically. I'm just saying........

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