For most students, plagiarizing consists of direct copying and pasting from primary sources into their own documents. There is no covering up, it is very blatant and obvious. "When assignments are highly generic and not classroom-specific…” This exerpt from the Council of Writing Program Administrators basically sums up my view on plagiarism and copyright infringement in the classroom. Throughout my schooling, I have found that if I directly copy and paste my teacher’s assignment prompt into a search engine, I will find pages upon pages of answers and examples for that assignment given by other teachers and students. Students are being labeled as lazy, but are teachers the lazy ones?
Because of this rather lazy approach by teachers, students are being injured. For example, I know my writing skills are not where they should be partly because of the school system and the growing lack of genuine concern from them. In this situation, the teacher is gaining more free time and less time grading, less time formulating challenging assignments from students because they can just get them off the internet, and also gaining a paycheck for work they are hardly doing.
The children of today are just as smart as children back when there wasn’t the internet or google to aid in the writing process. “when there is no instruction on plagiarism and appropriate source attribution, and when students are not led through the iterative processes of writing and revising..” We are told what plagiarism is when we are in elementary school. Besides being told the basic definition, nothing else is done to further explain plagiarism to young student and how to avoid it. This creates a ripple affect. Students then carry on bad habits to middle school then high school and then college and this could prove detrimental to their overall success. There will always be the students that could care less about school and find ways to take the easy way out (this could be through plagiarism and copyright infringement). But to categorize students as those who “don't "value the opportunity of learning" (Howard) like Howard does is completely wrong.
I believe when addressing plagiarism, teachers need to look inward and their own teaching practices to see if they could be serving their students better. Only then can they address the problem of plagiarism with their students and they should be addressed and reprimanded accordingly. I do agree that plagiarism is a serious thing and students who plagiarize consistently should be disciplined but then given a meeting with their teacher to discuss the ins and outs of plagiarism. I believe that the more knowledge the students have, the less mistakes they will make by plagiarizing.