Plagiarism Must Be Stopped Essay

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Ethics and plagiarism go hand in hand. In a world that says cheaters prosper, it is no wonder that plagiarism runs rampant in our society. Once considered a country that was founded on integrity, honesty, and upright morals; we find ourselves in a society that rewards those who pass off other’s work as their own making it hard for individuals that truly deserve recognition and work hard think about their ethics. It is important to understand what plagiarism is and what the consequences of intentional plagiarism are. In my opinion, passing off someone else’s work is highly inappropriate, unacceptable, or for a lack of better words just plain wrong. According to Griffin (2006), new ideas are few and far between. Furthermore, he asserts …show more content…
Has anyone ever considered what a new idea is or should conform to? It is my belief that if something does not succeed and someone else enhances the idea then it is an idea freshly reformed. Could you call the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” a new idea? Absolutely, even though the concept of leaving no child behind was discussed during the sixties, this new act reformed the idea, coined the phrase, and let it loose in society to take form. Regarding the work mentioned about Emerson, do we not know his breadth of understanding? Is it not documented in his literary works? How can you make the assumption that his work was not one hundred percent original since his philosophical views are of his own understanding? I believe that there is a fine line when it comes to plagiarism. Unintentional or intentional plagiarism is still plagiarism. Unintentional plagiarism can spawn a teachable moment and intentional plagiarism should definitely have consequences that are fair to the individual. Harshly dealing with one person and not all those who intentionally plagiarize sends a mixed message. We need straight forward criteria that are universal for all disciplines that require supposed original works from individuals. Greed and pride are a driving force in America today. Plagiarism is a result of a greedy and prideful nature. Those that intentionally plagiarize are typically seeking self gain. It is evident that those that cheat are not those that want to be on the

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