This is a quite serious question. Why is it amusing? I mean in a serious
way--what is amusing about it?
I am aware this will be again seen as "sanctimonious" by anyone who
thinks such behavior ok, but I think you need to consider that your "A"
very probably reduced the grade of some other student who did study and
forgot part of the answers. It seems foolish to have to say any of this, but
if students are reading it, someone needs to say that all students are
affected by this, not just the one who does it. Moreover, you did not know
at the time (unless that was left out) that you would withdraw. And the
young man's motives do not affect the meaning of the situation.
Date sent: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 18:48:12 EST
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From: Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Wallace Stevens; was Mopius Louse)
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In a message dated 2/20/03 9:34:49 PM !!!First Boot!!!,
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> I have to admit I'm astonished that you would tell this story. You did
> not, by the way, "receive" an A; you took one by cheating--quite a
> different thing. I can only hope the young man's change of behavior had
> something to do with belated shame.
I told the story because it is a true story and one that I consider
amusing. Also, it's a "real" story. You are correct. I did cheat, but as I
withdrew from the course . . . The young man's change of behavior had to
do him with being hurt because I refused to go out with him. He had no
qualms whatsoever about giving me the answers. I shouldn't have cheated,
of course, as I (or rather my parents) were paying lots of good legal
tender for me to receive an education. But, of course, I didn't think of
it in those terms then. As it wasn't my major, I managed to justify my
action. And since I did indeed receive a good education and then improved
on that myself, I feel no guilt, only amusement.