An update to my adventures in education
Published on June 20 2006
I *think* I have just been plagiarized for the first time!!! I'm not sure whether to be flattered or pissed, lol. Compare my original 4th paragraph in a short essay for a question in American History class:
"Another factor at play during this time was voting rights. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the previously mentioned protections to all citizens, but specific guarantees to the right to vote only came with the passage of the Fifteenth amendment in 1870. Indians, of course, did not benefit from this amendment. Women as well did not gain suffrage (Item 2), although they made strides in other areas, gaining entrance to education previously denied (Item 6)."To this one:
"The right to vote came with the passage of the fifteenth amendment in 1870, which specifically guarantees the right to vote. Indians did not benefit from the fifteenth amendment and neither did the women. The woman did not gain suffrage but they gained access to education in which was previously denied. "There were other similarities, but that paragraph was about as ballsy as it gets, considering we can all see everyone else' essays. The only reason I even caught this was because in re-reading my own essay after I posted, I had decided I really hated my last sentence. I thought I had made it sound like the Fourteenth Amendment was the reason women were able to go to college, when that wasn't the case. And here it was, the same badly worded thought in somebody else's essay. I can't decide whether I should whine someplace other than just here, or maybe just mention in the class comments thread that I reallyreallyREALLY liked how she phrased her fourth paragraph. Such emotion! Such drama!! Such incredible ecstasy to read!! Or would that be too smartass???? Heh....