If you've been reading the news lately, you've probably seen the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, the Harvard sophomore who has admitted to plagiarizing portions of her book. Terry has a post on it, as does Snarkaholic. I've also read with great interest Steven Sleigh's post about the role of the "book packager" in the publishing industry.
An article published earlier this month sheds light on the life of this teen. In it, she is quoted as saying,
"I was surrounded by the stereotype of high- pressure Asian and Indian families trying to get their children into Ivy League schools."
It is difficult for educators to teach the importance of honesty and integrity when the academic culture supports success at any cost.
How can teachers make a difference, when the All Mighty Grade is more important than originality? Should a teacher encourage the gifted artist to go to art school when the father will accept nothing but an MBA from MIT?
How do we teach our children that being true to themselves is more important than grades and that integrity is so much more important than laurels gathered under false pretenses?