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The recent announcement of cheating on tests in a Harvard
government class (don’t call it a “scandal,” because Harvard isn’t) should
First, there’s the nature of the actual cheating.
Take-home exams, based on the honor system at an Ivy League
school that’s the core of the exclusivocracy (TM) that somewhat drives the 1
percenters, and even more the 1/10 percenters — gotta "love" it.
Related to that, it’s “open book” and “open internet” but
you’re not supposed to talk with fellow students. What if, instead of talking
in person, I text them or instant message them? Or create a online bulletin
board? Some Harvard kid, or a helicopter mom, more likely, is hiring a lawyer
to look for loopholes.
Second, related to that, is students blaming their
professor. Learned, no doubt, from helicopter moms that did the same for them
Third, this is Harvard. Famous alumni in politics and business who have “shaded the
George W. Bush
John F. Kennedy
A good mix of conservatives, neocons and
neolibs. Not a single true liberal among the “shaders.” (And, don't tell me JFK was a true liberal, either domestically or abroad. And don't tempt me to add Obama.)
Most of the alleged cheaters were probably looking at Harvard Law or the Kennedy School of Government next.