Harvard: Training Tomorrow’s Corrupt Leaders Today!

I was going to note that response by some of the 125 Harvard students caught cheating–blaming everyone except themselves–is ridiculous, but Dr. Rubidium beat me to it, so go read her post.

Consider what would have happened if they had gotten away with it: some, perhaps many, of these Harvard students would have gone on to join the ranks of our elite. They would have learned that cheating is ‘acceptable.’ They would have learned how to justify dishonesty and cheating. If they had any brains, they would consider themselves very fortunate that they were caught early on, as opposed to, let’s say, after becoming somewhat famous and buying a $2.25 million house.

For instance.

Arguably, simply expecting students not to cheat shouldn’t qualify as ‘ethical instruction’, but it’s pretty clear a lot of the best and the brightest desperately need it anyway.

Same as it ever was….

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3 Responses to Harvard: Training Tomorrow’s Corrupt Leaders Today!

  1. Drugmonkey says:

    These little jerks will go to their deathbeds thinking they were in the right and treated unfairly.

  2. Jim Thomerson says:

    When I was a graduate student at Tulane, there was an honor code. Copies were posted in classrooms. Instructors would hand out the tests and then leave the room. I was not aware of anyone cheating.

  3. How long has stuff like this been going on at Harvard? It was something like ten years ago that the big plagiarism scandal among the senior faculty at Harvard Law was almost noticed by the national media, and if I recall correctly, there was another embarrassing scandal that the college newspaper uncovered that brought that one to light. It was all discreetly swept under the rug, of course. This is Harvard, after all. Even then, the only people punished were the students, who, of course, should have known better. They didn’t have tenure, for one thing. I used to think Yale was a school where the rules were formally different for the rulers and the ruled, but Harvard has passed them at a canter.

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