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Cheating continues

I wouldn't guess that this is a Gladwell style tipping point toward a wave of cheating, rather a crest in media attention towards cheating but these cases do bring up some similar questions. Previously the Chronicle of Higher Education offered the thoughts of someone who writes papers for pay and then this story occurred at the University of Central Florida, complete with Youtube clip!

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There were a few things that caught my attention. First the bravado of the instructor came off as extreme. I empathized with his feelings of betrayal and frustration in having those students cheat but I'm not sure that the entire blame falls on them. What about this class made them decide to cheat? Would those same students have cheated on a basketball exam or quiz on Justin Bieber lyrics? If not, then why? My guess is that students feel there is a break between what they need to know and what's on the exam. Especially interesting because educators generally feels that students' intrinsic motivation decreases through school - sometimes attributed to set curriculum without flexibility for the students - but college is a choice the students makes. They choose their major, classes, course of study, institution, friends, social networks, involvement on campus and so on. Without looking into the literature more my chief question is why do students make the choice to to cheat when they also make the choice to be there?

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Loyola Marymount hoops

In the early 1990’s I coached basketball at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon for the legendary Bob Gaillard.Coach Gaillard was a former head coach at the University of San Francisco when they were a major power house. He had numerous teams qualify for the NCAA tournament and in 1977 he was selected the National Coach of the Year(UPI).Needless to say the man knew hoops.

During this time Loyola Marymount (Los Angeles) was the talk of the college basketball world. They had a Run-and-Gun style that rack up huge point totals (122 points per game). They were led by stars Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble.The team had a simple motto: Run the System.

As a young coach I loved their system.I watched games on television, attended a game at the University of Portland and attended a coaching clinic with Paul Westhead, LMU’s head coach.

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