Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Picky-Wiki

Crazy week. Moving shite from one location to another location. Pardon if the next few blog posts are terse.

I prohibit my students from using Wikipedia as a cited work in their academic essays. Still, I'm amazed at how many I have to bust for copying and pasting entire swaths of Wiki entries. You figure they would at least remove all of the Wiki links.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Falling exam passes blamed on Wikipedia 'littered with inaccuracies' - Scotsman.com News

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Teachers can be morons too. Homie needs to go to jail.

Report: Ohio science teacher burned cross on kids' arms:

"An outside investigation has found that an Ohio public school teacher taught creationism in his science class and used a device to burn the image of a cross on students' arms."
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Really? Kind of hard to write something sarcastic when you're purposely trying to.

Thanks for the inspiration, science article. Ah, there we go.

Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill :

"Neurophysiologist Katherine Rankin at the University of California, San Francisco, has also recently discovered that sarcasm, which is both positively funny and negatively nasty, plays an important part in human social interaction."
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I got 25/30.

I disagree with 'the man's' answer to the question regarding the Pilgrims. But I still got it right.

Reminds of the Simpson's episode when Apu is taking the citizenship ship.

Proctor: All right, here's your last question.  What was the cause of
the Civil War?
Apu: Actually, there were numerous causes. Aside from the obvious
schism between the abolitionists and the anti-abolitionists,
there were economic factors, both domestic and inter--
Proctor: Wait, wait... just say slavery.
Apu: Slavery it is, sir.

Independence Day Quiz:

"Our quiz is made up of 20 questions found on the actual citizenship test with a few curveballs in the mix. The last ten questions may be a bit harder, but a score of around 24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade."
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No further comment needed.

God accused of selling cocaine near Tampa church

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5 comments:

binky said...

Maybe the worst - as in stupidest - case of plagiarism I ever busted was a guy who was too cheap to just buy a paper from an online site. So he looked up a whole bunch of them on his topic, then took all the free sample paragraphs and strung them together. Sometimes I think about compiling a set of plagiarism stories, documenting the atrocities.

JPW said...

I love it when the student has terrible writing skills then all of a sudden turns in the most amazing thesis ever written. I'm slow but not stupid. I relish laying that "0/100" on them though.

davyproctorboy said...

Wonder if god cuts his cocaine with angel dust....

binky said...

I'm slow but not stupid.

Yeah, the tipoff is when they all of a sudden write better than our last pub. I wonder if they think we're stupid, or that we're too lazy to bother. Alas, I think the latter is true in many cases. I'll work for it though. Once I caught a guy who was enterprising enough to go to the library, select an obscure book from about 20 years ago, and retype 13 pages of it. And then had the nerve to cite it in his references. *sigh* How much harder could it have been to actually write a C paper?

JPW said...

*applause* Nailed it, Davy.

Seriously, binky. They try so hard to cheat that it would be easier to do the work.