How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

I no longer see cases of blatant plagiarism as personal insults. They are, instead, the pathetic bleats of students who think they know enough — maybe all there really is to know — about how to read and think and write.

The paradox of plagiarism is that in order to be really good at it, you need precisely the reading and writing skills that ought to render plagiarism unnecessary. –Jonathan MalesicHow Dumb Do They Think We Are? (Chronicle of Higher Education)