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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Lapse in Ethical and/or Professional Judgment?

Oh dear.

Is this an example of an oversight or outright plagiarism? Either way, it's probably advisable for a commencement speaker to write his own commencement address:

The principal of a middle school geared toward writers tried to pass off much of a well-known graduation speech as his work, parents and students told the Daily News.

They say Joseph Anderson, who heads the Clinton School for Writers and Artists in Manhattan, recited - without attribution - portions of an address penned by the late writer David Foster Wallace at Friday's eighth-grade commencement.

It would seem especially prudent for the speaker, the principal at a school for writers, to write his own speech. Wouldn't a parent who enrolled their child in this school believe the principal is capable of writing a speech and should offer his own speech at a commencement? There's a poll at the link so you can record your thoughts on the principal's actions.

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