No-fail policies leading to cheating & Turnitin.com?

Note: Taking a short break. Visitors will notice that I have combined “The Retired Educator” and “Crux of the Matter” once again and am now approaching commentary from a non-partisan point of view.

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So, the Ontario government is purchasing access to turnitin.com because plagiarism — cheating — has become a problem in Ontario schools. Well, hello! What did officials in Ontario’s ministry of education and other provincial education departments across Canada think would happen if they encouraged or implemented no-fail policies?

It’s called natural consequences.  I mean, if you promote or “transfer” students who don’t have the skills to move ahead or enact policies that force teachers to not deduct marks for lateness, incompleteness or lack of sources, what do you think will happen?

They will have to cheat, that’s what, by writing words and sentences that are someone else’s? It’s called plagiarism or, for want of a better word, cheating.

So, by implementing “turnitin.com” in Ontario’s public schools, is the McGuinty Liberal government not admitting that its policies are ill preparing our children and youth for real life? I mean, how many employers will put up with plagiarism in the work place? None that I know of.

As a result, we can only hope that the need to use Turnitin.com is the impetus provincial governments need to re-examine no-fail policies. I am not holding my breath, however, because all too often officials don’t stand back and question why cheating has become such a problem in the first place.