June 1, 2007
The Fort Lee (N.J.) superintendent of schools appears to have cribbed a speech off the Internet in order to pay homage to the district’s National Honor Society inductees last week.
Actually, “cribbed” may not be the right word here — according to this report in the Record, Joanne Calabro appears to have copied the speech word for word from an about.com Web page. Particularly rich is the news that the speech was offered as an example of what to say during a National Honor Society induction ceremony. You know, when you want to congratulate students for their hard work and tell them that intellectual achievement is an avenue to success.
That’s example, madame superintendent — e-x-a-m-p-l-e. Along with “plagiarism,” it’s one of those words any good national Honor Society student would recognize. I guess is what educators refer to as a “teachable moment.”