TEACHERS ARE AT FAULT

12 Nov

Let us check ourselves…

The recent reports of plagiarism of School Based Assessment (SBAs) projects in our high schools have sent me thinking as well as writing.

I am not here to say whether the allegations made against these schools are true. I am saying that it is ninety percent (90%) or more the teacher’s fault when students plagiarize.  Several of you reading this may not agree with me but that is okay because you are entitled to do so.  However, the blame game is not the central theme of this post.

In my blog post Class Projects, School Based Assessment Projects, Thesis paper: One and the Same?  I reminded teachers that they are to encourage seriousness in approach as the overarching objective is the same.  In this blog that I will call part two, I decided that instead of blaming teachers for a lack of integrity, I will remind them that our jobs as educators is to prepare global citizens; citizens who are able to function effectively outside the comfort of high school.  They should also be reminded of the benefits of these projects to students.

WHY STUDENTS PLAGIARIZE?

This is why I did not place 100% blame on teachers…

Children are children and if we allow them to be lazy and irresponsible then they will.  They will take the easy way out if they can.  Therefore, I expect them to give us plagiarize work.  BUT! This is where teachers should step in to change that.  We have a responsibility to help mould and inculcate certain values that will make them model citizens. It therefore means, as teachers we CANNOT accept plagiarize work from our students. When we do that, we become enablers of this inappropriate action which has far reaching implications. We need to look beyond our current classroom.  It is a known fact that at the university level, the act of plagiarism attracts a sanction of a three to five years bann.  It therefore means we ought to do all we can to prepare them for the ultimate: tertiary education and survival in the world.

BENEFITS OF CLASS PROJECTS/SBAs/THESIS PAPER

  • Tasks of this nature will result in various competences among students such as:
  • Develop the research skills of students
  • Facilitate independent learning and give students the opportunity to be more responsible for their learning
  • Improve students’ organization skills
  • Foster individual instructional sessions within the teaching and learning process
  • Help to improve the writing/communication skills of students
  • Help students learn to respect and honour deadlines.
  • Learn the art of commitment
  • Encourage team work and leadership skills as some of these projects are done within groups.
  • Improve students self confidence
  • Understand the application of consequences and rewards
  • Help students to take directive well
  • Encourage honesty and integrity

The list continues. We need to view ourselves as more than mere teachers imparting content but as education managers as we manage process, people, ourselves, content and how it is imparted.  We organize, plan, delegate and implement.

When we do the work for our students, or accept plagiarize work, we are robbing them of an opportunity to develop personally, academically and professionally.  We ought to maintain integrity within our classrooms which by extension will maintain integrity of the overall education sector and society. We need to remember we are creating global citizens, NOT just students to get a good grade in class.

What are some other benefits of completing these projects?  Do you think teachers should be blamed for plagiarism in schools?   I would like to hear from you. Stop by and share.

*images taken from Google pictures

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