The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2810  Tuesday, 11 December 2001

From:           Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 10 Dec 2001 10:22:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2785 Re: Plagiarism
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2785 Re: Plagiarism

> In my view, it is the offensive nature of North
> American higher
> education wherein margins are measured, footnotes
> not only checked but
> also required that is at fault by encouraging the
> droppings of names and
> the comparison of the students' own views with
> "published" material and
> the use of what is loosely called authority. The
> meanest thought must
> look like some PMLA paper, but unhappily not only in
> appearance.
>     We are what we eat, as is well known.
> Harry Hill

I am a product of North American education and these comments are not
North American education. Yes, my margins were checked (or at least
encouraged since I never saw my teachers check them) BUT I was never
required to use footnotes, never penalized for arguing my own opinion
rather than relying heavily on outside published sources, nor do I own a
well-worn copy of the PMLA. Indeed, any problems with our system revolve
around the loosening of these guidelines rather than the strict
application of them. I had the damn finest English teachers in high
school and they taught me valuable lessons about grammar and love for
literature. So much so that I pursued it at UCLA as an undergraduate and
am leaving this very day back to Stratford to pick up my M.A. from the
Shakespeare Institute. All this from a product of North American

And for the record, I was actually hammered on my margins and sources
more in England than North America. I went through the highest standards
in high school and UCLA...and still I had some points to sharpen up on.

Brian Willis

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