"I have a strange request. I teach community colege English, and I have my students write essays about ----. Because your essay comes up so easily through a Google search, students plagiarize from it every semester. Any chance you could take your essay down from the web, or publish it somewhere else?"
You got that? Since this professor's students pliagarize, it'd really be helpful if she'd take down her article so they could stop pliagarizing from it. Ooh, shame on her for having a well-written essay that's easily accessible. She should take it down immediately!
Okay, a few points:
- It's spelled "college"
- If this professor's students keep pliagarizing, this professor needs to address it with the students, not the author, because...
- Even if she removes this article, they can find others online
- Even if she publishes it somewhere else, it may still be available online, and it's not impossible to pliagarize from books - it just takes more typing
The funny thing, is it's more a compliment than anything else, right? Or, it's a chance for this professor to nip this whole thing in the bud and do something proactive. If all the professor's students are reading her essay already, what with the pliagarizing and all, why not beat them to the punch and assign it as part of the class reading?
Okay, so here's the question, it's a two parter:
1. Are you as entertained, and horrified (this is the one who's teaching our "colege" students?), as I?
2. If you found out college students were pliagarizing an essay you wrote, what would your reaction be? Me? I think I'd be a little flattered.