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Saturday, July 26, 2008

West of Bathurst 364

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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?

Panel 4:

Barbara: Courtney, you were in class the day I brought the issue up. Tell Marie what I thought.

Panel 5:

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.

Panel 7:

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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