Better than expected.... isn't allowed?

United States
December 5, 2008 9:06am CST
My daughter loves writing, in fact, she always has! So when she started high school and began taking honor's English, I was happy that her grades in English were high enough to be recommended for this class. we were hoping that it would be challenging enough for her, while preparing her for college. (She wants to be a writer) She was given her first real writing assignment a few weeks ago. She was so excited to get started on it... that as soon as she walked in the door from school, she began writing. I have to say that I sat and watched her write this piece in a matter of minutes and it was flawless! I read it 3 times and was just in awe at how she took a subject and painted a picture with her words in great detail and with such artistic flare and imagination. I was sure that her teacher would just love it! The next day she came home with her paper, with a 48 on it! and a little note scribbled on the bottom, by her teacher, that read "Great job, next time write it yourself instead of copying it from the Internet." My chin hit the floor! I couldn't believe this! I watched her write her assignment! She had NOT copied anything! After a long talk with her teacher, we managed to convince her that my daughter DID indeed write her own paper... After she looked at my daughter's test scores and homework scores and saw that her grades were straight A's... she changed her grade on her writing assignment. But it got me wondering.. shouldn't a teacher naturally expect the best of her students instead of thinking that it was plagiarized? wouldn't that kind of treatment encourage her students to be a little lazy, rather than doing their best... since they run a risk of being called a plagiarist? Have you ever done your very best on something, and then told that it wasn't yours simply because it was too good?
5 responses
@Natara (171)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
I've never been told that. However, that story makes me EXTREMELY angry. That teacher is a total jerk! She should expect good work like that from her students if its an HONORS class..
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• United States
6 Dec 08
I thought the same thing! I guess I just expected more from an Honors English teacher.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
5 Dec 08
This is so wrong. I read about something like this happening to a black girl who attended a mostly white school in the late 1950s and later went on to be the chair of American Express. A job she has since quit to become a writer. Of course, that was more racially motivated than I assume your daughter's charge was. As a parent, I would be so angry I can't even tell you especially since you saw her writing the assignment with your own eyes. I hope she's not emotionally damaged or turned away from the art because of this incident.
• United States
5 Dec 08
She was hurt for a while, but I think she will be OK :) thank you! Now when she has me proof read her assignments, she always asks "Is it TOO good?" lol!
• United States
5 Dec 08
I am so glad you got it straightened out with the teacher as that could really have discoiuraged your daughter. However tell her to take it as a "backhanded" complement that it was so good the teacher could not believe it was written by a student.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
I told her that :) But for a day or two it was like a slap in the face just for being smart! BTW.. great seeing you! I've missed ya! hugs!
• United States
8 Dec 08
Quite frankly, I think the teacher should be fired. You don't just assume a student is cheating without evidence.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I think that before accusing anyone of cheating in any way the teacher should have had some kind of proof. She should have talked to your daughter, the parents, and so forth until either it was proven that she did or didn't cheat. For some kids, a stunt like that would make them give up their dreams simply b/c they'd think they weren't good enough to make a decent grade. I'm glad it got worked out for your daughter and I'd certainly make sure that the school knew about the incident...it makes me wonder how many other kids got the same treatment. [b]MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]