OK, so, Bryan was telling us this story over lunch the other day. One where he was back in high school, and working with his chem lab partner. One where the normal M.O. of the class was for the partners to work together on the project and then one of them would write up the notes, and then the other would copy the notes, verbatim – and then they both would hand them in. Keep in mind that Bryan had a massive A in this class all semester, doing all the projects the same exact way, every single time.
Then, for one project, Bryan got bored with this scenario, and simply xeroxed his partner’s notes. His partner that happened to be the Vice Principal’s son, in fact.
Apparently, this method was now cheating according to their teacher, and both were brought before the Principal and given a choice. Either one of them takes a zero for the project, or they split the grade.
What do you think Bryan did?
Do you think the punishment was fair?
Update: You all know Bryan far too well, he indeed did take the zero and let his friend have the A on the paper. Which apparently shocked the teacher. Whatever, he still got a B+ in the class. And personally, I think the whole thing is bogus from beginning to end. If they can copy by hand, they should be able to copy by machine. But they shouldn’t have been able to copy at all.