|The article Marie mentions
really exists; you can read it
here. Personally, I think Barbara's being too easy on
"educationalist" Dale Spender, who has clearly never in her life
entered a classroom.|
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|Saturday, July 26, 2008|
|Panel 1: In
the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, in a desert
landscape containing a single dead tree, a huge man (let us just call
him Goliath) stands holding a sword and shield. Barbara, in the role of
David, aims a slingshot at his head. The man is labelled "Authority"
and Barbara "Experience." The words "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren"
are inscribed on the tree.|
Panel 2: In the Davies College common room, Barbara is sitting on a couch, with Marie beside her on a chair. A young brown-haired white woman in a pink top approaches.
Marie: I just read this Australian article about some academic who claims undergrads should be allowed to plagiarise because it helps them learn.
Panel 3: The young woman sits down beside Barbara.
Barbara: Yes...I read it too.
Marie: What did you think?
Barbara: Courtney, you were in class the day I brought the issue up. Tell Marie what I thought.
Courtney: You said the argument was fundamentally flawed, as the academic was assuming that all disciplines depended on rote recall rather than the ability to interpret material critically.
Panel 6: Barbara is holding an essay, presumably Courtney's.
Courtney: You also told us that if we plagiarised, we would certainly learn how to fail a course and get kicked out of university.
Marie: So...not a fan of that view, then.
Barbara: Plus I threatened to rip their arms off, but that was mostly in fun.
Alt-Text: And then I described in detail how I would make coats of their skin and feed their internal organs to lions.
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