In the article Isserman states “if we are all guilty of straying into that gray area of unintentional plagiarism, haven’t we forfeited the right to judge others, including those whose plagiarism may have been more purposeful? I disagree with this. People who plagiarize and make money from it should be held accountable for their actions. We all plagiarize in some way everyday. It is hard not to. Most of the time it is not intentional either. I do agree though with his statement “What we do is teach students to develop their own voices and establish ownership of the words they use. And, if and when we in higher education stop doing that, we have pretty well abandoned our justification for existence.” I totally agree once students can think for themselves and own up to it, then the teachers’ job is complete. Then the students become the teachers and it is just a cycle. All we can ask for is for when people speak their minds that it is really their own.
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