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Harvard investigates cheating in 'Intro to Congress' class
American Thinker ^ | 08/31/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 08/31/2012 1:42:02 PM PDT by ghost of nixon

Harvard College's disciplinary board is investigating nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in Government 1310: "Introduction to Congress" last spring for allegedly plagiarizing answers or inappropriately collaborating on the class' final take-home exam.

Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said the magnitude of the case was "unprecedented in anyone's living memory."

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheating; congress; fraud; harvard; harvardfraud; harvardresumefraud
Again I would argue that cheating in your "Introduction to congress" class does constitute a proper introduction to congress.
1 posted on 08/31/2012 1:42:03 PM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: ghost of nixon

While it’s a rich vein for humor, it kind of shows the mindset of those who see government as a career - even at the highest levels of US academia.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 1:44:59 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: ghost of nixon
Again I would argue that cheating in your "Introduction to congress" class does constitute a proper introduction to congress.

Aaaaa....well....I'm not really sure how I would answer that one.

3 posted on 08/31/2012 1:46:18 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (It's down to 'anybody but Obama'. And may God forgive me for what I must do in November.)
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To: ghost of nixon

Harvard. Cheating.
No wonder Obama gets so many of his top officvials from Harvard!


4 posted on 08/31/2012 1:46:20 PM PDT by CivilWarguy
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To: ghost of nixon

I need more information. Were the cheaters punished, or were those who refused to cheat graded down because they didn’t understand the subject?


5 posted on 08/31/2012 1:47:12 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: ghost of nixon

I’d say cheating would show that one has a very good working knowledge of Congress.


6 posted on 08/31/2012 1:47:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator
Not like the old closed book timed exams we had when I was in school. Then they were graded and ranked and you were in real competition with your peers. Plus..the grades were posted so everyone knew how you did. Cheating was a bit tougher under those rules..and the punishment for cheating was expulsion. None of this everybody gets an A thing..very few of those.
7 posted on 08/31/2012 1:57:39 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: dfwgator

” Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said the magnitude of the case was “unprecedented in anyone’s living memory.”

Translation: “We got exposed”

” I’d say cheating would show that one has a very good working knowledge of Congress.”

They should get “extra credit”


8 posted on 08/31/2012 1:58:47 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: ghost of nixon

“Again I would argue that cheating in your “Introduction to congress” class does constitute a proper introduction to congress.”

Ted Kennedy (D-HELL) comes to mind...


9 posted on 08/31/2012 2:00:14 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: ghost of nixon

Let me see if I get this straight. A take home exam. Inappropriate collaboration? What am I missing? If it’s a take home exam, are you collaborating if you use Google?

Sorry I just don’t have a clue what kind of world academics live in.


10 posted on 08/31/2012 2:00:32 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: ghost of nixon

I’ve always thought that practical exams are, generally, better than written exams...


11 posted on 08/31/2012 2:06:55 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: ghost of nixon

The most dangerous criminal organization in the world, the Ivy League.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 2:14:49 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: ghost of nixon

Is it a survey class about the subject or is it practical training?


13 posted on 08/31/2012 2:17:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: ghost of nixon

Article from the Harvard Crimson Paper

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/8/30/academic-dishonesty-ad-board/

Here’s the course:(I believe)

http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/introduction-congress


14 posted on 08/31/2012 3:08:48 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: wideawake

279 students in one class? If each student paid $1000 for the class, that’s.....!!!!!!!........might as well cheat.....Harvard’s robbing them....


15 posted on 08/31/2012 3:10:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ghost of nixon

“You didn’t pass that by yourself...”


16 posted on 08/31/2012 3:14:25 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ghost of nixon

Pick any of these Ivy League colleges and you will find cheating is the normal not the exception. These people don’t go to these colleges to get an education, they go there to buy a degree from an Ivy League college which they will leverage into a high paying position.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 3:48:55 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: blueunicorn6

GOVT E-1310 Introduction to Congress

This course seeks to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to Congress. The first half of the course addresses the nuts and bolts of how Congress operates in terms of foundational theories, the committee system, congressional elections, and congressional procedures. In the second half of the course we apply this knowledge to an exploration of how and why Congress pays attention to certain issues rather than others. Students are encouraged to view Congress not only as an institution unto itself but also as an institution that interacts with a variety of actors to shift public policy. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Government 1310. (4 credits)

Spring term (23500)
Matthew B. Platt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Course tuition:
noncredit $1,045,
undergraduate credit $1,045,
graduate credit $2,000.

Online only, beginning Jan. 29.

***********************************
The asst. professor:

Matthew B. Platt
Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University
Matthew Platt is an assistant professor in the government department at Harvard University. His current research interests center around three projects: an attempt to create a more instrumental view of non-voting political activity; understanding how the content of — and strategies for - the setting of the black agenda have changed over time; and developing a conceptual framework to provide a more comprehensive understanding of bill sponsorship as an agenda setting tool.

Education
PhD, University of Rochester

Extension School courses
GOVT E-1310 Introduction to Congress
(Spring)

http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/introduction-congress


18 posted on 08/31/2012 3:55:26 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

First off, good job of investigating. This was recorded lectures? They’re paying $1000 to $2000 bucks for recorded lectures. Oh, they truly are the best and brightest there, aren’t they? No wonder you see so few con men on the streets these days.....they all teach at Harvard.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 4:10:10 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ghost of nixon

It’s part of the final...if you don’t get caught, you pass.


20 posted on 09/02/2012 3:04:46 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: libertarian27

This is the course....sort of. This is the same course as the day school only it’s the “night school” course that’s given in the Extension school which is Harvard’s continuing education offering. The day school course taught for the regular Harvard undergraduate school cost at least $4,000.

Harvard offers a BA, believe it or not, in the evenings, for about 30% of the cost of the day school.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 3:30:15 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome

You are correct

Here is the course (without the ‘E’-extension)*my bad*

http://scholar.harvard.edu/mplatt/classes/gov-1310-introduction-congress


22 posted on 09/02/2012 3:58:23 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

Yup....Harvard offers an evening degree with almost the same courses & professors for about $8,000 a year as opposed to it’s regular college which costs about $52,000.


23 posted on 09/02/2012 5:40:21 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: ghost of nixon

What’s the issue..so they allegedly cheated..seems they got a lot out of the course, passed with flying colors. Aft all it was Intro to Congress! [I would use that defence ;)]


24 posted on 09/04/2012 12:29:04 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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