Random Monday morning
An assortment of pissy and then not-so-pissy thoughts:
Professor poopy-head's once interesting study of studiousness has turned into class-based lament over the loss of "big thoughts." This, too, has a long history. Defensive and oppositional, (s)he seems bent on exploring well-worn and ideological paths. Moving on.
The recent plagiarism scandal of Kaavya Viswanathan gets more interesting when the facts of the young author's life come to light. Behind the Ivy Brand, there lies many a twisted scheme for therein lives the life of privilege. Actually, my own students probably claim most of the same "reasons" for the plagiarism: pressure to succeed (GPA=good job and happy life), recognition, lack of time ("I work full time, you see, and my kids need…", societal pressure, etc…
I am not alone in my particular situation.