Friday, September 22, 2006

Exceptional Kids

If anyone needs a little extra motivation at the end of the work week check out wonder dude--David Banh. Of course, the Post paints him as a one-year wonder in their lede, but he's been at it his whole life.

In other exceptional students news, McClean High School students challenge a massive database of student writing on the grounds that it infringes on intellectual property and presumes guilt before innocence. This is a tough one for teachers. On the one hand teachers need some help trying to determine plagerized writing, on the other hand, giving away student writing to a company, in this case Turnitin, at a profit seems unethical. Seems like the aphorism "two wrongs don't make a right" applies. The promise of the database service is that it functions as a tool that can address problems in student drafts. It's a sticky issue worthy of discussion.


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