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(Toronto Star)   Goofus plagarizes from "Highlights for Children" magazine. Gallant turns up the evidence and asks, "What is going to be done about this?"   (thestar.com) divider line 153
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2004-10-18 03:07:30 PM
Zero tolerance should be applied to the kid.

Expel him, arrest him for plagiary, have him tried and sentenced to years in federal-cliche-prison and have his parents suffer the same fate.

11 year olds are old enough to know that plagiary is a crime against corporations and intelectual property.
 
2004-10-18 03:07:57 PM
Wow.

That brings me back ... to the doctors office waiting room as a child.
 
2004-10-18 03:13:15 PM
at least Tommy Timbertoes steered clear.
 
2004-10-18 03:13:52 PM
"Clark urged the Star not to be too hard on the boy. "Often children don't understand what plagiarism is," she said."

What a laugh. He knows whether he wrote it, doesn't he?

//his parents will probably sue someone
 
2004-10-18 03:16:50 PM
11 years old?

He knows it's wrong to copy another's work and say it's yours.
 
2004-10-18 03:17:25 PM
"Don't do what Donny Don't doesn't do."
 
2004-10-18 03:19:25 PM
 
2004-10-18 03:38:25 PM
Suddenly I have this overpowering urge to hawk worthless crap to my neighbors so I can get enough points to buy the Do-It-Yourself Hovercraft plans.
 
2004-10-18 03:38:59 PM
 
2004-10-18 03:46:27 PM
The ombud tracked down the two victims.

WTF is an ombud?
 
2004-10-18 04:25:45 PM
I hate Highlites - I can still never find the damn boot...

....I know it is hidden in the bushes, they always hide the boot in the farking bushes
 
2004-10-18 06:11:21 PM
You_mean_Im_gonna_stay_this_color I am with you. I remember very clearly going to the Doctor's office and the highlight (sic) was Highlight. Not to be funny but there were some things in the Goofus and Gallant strip that I still use to this day. Do the right thing and you are always rewarded was a piece of crap advice though! Just once I wanted to see Gallant get ahead sort of like how I always hoped that Wile E Coyote would one day enjoy Roast Roadrunner au gratin.

/just kidding.
 
2004-10-18 06:46:14 PM
"Then, two things happened."

My God! Was this article purposely written for the intellect of a seven-year-old?
 
2004-10-18 09:38:59 PM
Mr. Bungle At Work, A quick google reveals this: http://www.uky.edu/Ombud/

It appears to fit. Excerpt:
WHAT IS AN ACADEMIC OMBUD?

The national government of Sweden first coined the term Ombudsman to designate the peoples deputy who was charged with facilitating smooth and fair interactions between individual citizens and agencies of government. The contemporary term Ombud or Ombudsperson, denotes a person who is designated within an organization to investigate individual complaints, problems, and conflicts and to mediate their resolution or solution.
 
2004-10-18 09:39:49 PM
"I feel sad that he did it, that he didn't trust his own creativity enough," was Phillips' reaction. "It seems we have lost so much ground, ethically and morally, in the last generation or two."

Definitely, we should put them all in prison now, before they become criminals.
 
2004-10-18 09:39:50 PM
I love highlights:) but i still think this kid should be dealt with severely screw giving children a second chance.
 
2004-10-18 09:40:26 PM
I for one am just glad that they handled it with the parents, the school and the magazine without doing something mindlessly stupid like having him arrested... I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they had though...
 
2004-10-18 09:40:44 PM
wahahahahah!
such memories.

/learned the lessons
 
2004-10-18 09:41:21 PM
Heh.. Highlights, I'm sure, has noble goals, but christ - I swear that when I was like 7 or 8 I'd be in the doctor's office or some such reading 'em, and be wondering what kind of complete morons they were aiming at.

"Can you think of three different body parts you have? Try REALLY HARD, thinking of good answers from your own head!"

I swear it's not that far off. I just can't imagine anyone literate being challenged by anything in Highlights.
 
2004-10-18 09:42:25 PM
The future Prime Minister, ladies and germs....
 
2004-10-18 09:42:35 PM
"Of 9,000 contest entries during the last six years, the editor said, this was the first stolen story to make it into print."
Riiiiight. None that they know of. If Cindy Lou Who hadn't stumbled into this, they'd think that no stolen stories had ever made it. How presumptuous.

"Somebody always notices."
I repeat the above. Sort of.

They want to perpetuate a "Big Brother is watching" fear to keep the little bastards in line, because "doing it because it's the right thing" isn't a powerful enough motive.

If you steal someone else's work, the omniscient invisible ghost will burn you for all eternity!
 
2004-10-18 09:42:47 PM
Who are Goofus and Gallant?
 
2004-10-18 09:44:12 PM
that's sad as all hell. i can't believe that we as a country have stooped to letting our 11 year olds copy stories from magazines.
/that was my favorite mag as a kid, right next to boy's life and my dad's old playboys
 
2004-10-18 09:46:15 PM
That title sounds familiar for some reason...

 
2004-10-18 09:46:31 PM
"Clark urged the Star not to be too hard on the boy. "Often children don't understand what plagiarism is," she said."

What a laugh. He knows whether he wrote it, doesn't he?

//his parents will probably sue someone
 
2004-10-18 09:47:22 PM
I know most of the creative writing staff at Texas State. I wonder what they think about this whole mess.
 
2004-10-18 09:47:26 PM
> "Often children don't understand what plagiarism is," she said.

Bullshiat. Kids definitely understand when something is taken from them, or they get blamed for someone else's mistake, or when they take credit for someone else's achievement.

Even scholars and congressmen know that plagiarism is wrong...well, OK, most do.

It sounds like the kid was just smart enough to know how to cheat but not smart enough to know he'd get caught.

Still, he won't do it again...good life lesson there.
 
2004-10-18 09:47:49 PM
Heh, reminds me of the parody Something Awful had...

Greasnin: Avoiding candy and other sweets that are unhealthy.



Goofus: Gets high on crack rock and injects heroin into his scrotal sack.



Greasnin: Is sensitive to cultural and racial differences.



Goofus: Systematically persecutes and slaughters millions of Jews.

 
2004-10-18 09:48:03 PM
This is nothing new.

Dean Koontz and Tom Clancy and John Grisham (among many others) do it to plagiarize themselves all of the time.
 
2004-10-18 09:48:37 PM
Goofus = Kerry

Gallant = Bush
 
2004-10-18 09:49:19 PM
The one person said the kids of the last 2 generations are morally and ethically unsound. (fark me, i don't want to go back and cut and paste the quote, I'm drinking)

I for one, think the child was very creative with plagiarism. Ask Colin Powell about that sometime.
 
2004-10-18 09:49:20 PM
I lost apoem writing contest to a kid that used geuss who lyrics.

I lost first at a science fair to a kid that was able to use a beehive display from her dad at the university. Socond was taken by my model hovercraft. crafted of styrafoam and using my mom's hairdryer for lift.
 
2004-10-18 09:51:10 PM


Fun With A Porpoise
 
2004-10-18 09:53:48 PM
I dont't know whether it's heartwarming or pathetic that everyone knows who Goofus and Gallant are. Does anyone remember Melvin and Jenkins, from MAD? That was the shiznit. Shame they stopped doing those.
 
2004-10-18 09:53:57 PM
That kid will probably go on to make a DBZ mod for Half Life 2 now.

"It's OK to use DBZ 'cause I'm not making a profit."

No it's not dip-s**t. Go create some ideas of your own and see how you like it when someone steals them you pathetic maggot.
 
2004-10-18 09:54:02 PM
Gallant for the win. That kid needs some serious reading comprehension/detective skirrz extra credits.

Where did Goofus/Gallant originally come from? First time I saw it was one of the 2 or 3 times I've watched That 70s Show.
 
2004-10-18 09:54:12 PM
This story cracks me up. I did the EXACT same thing when I was 9. I copied a poem straight out of a Highlights magazine. Though it was only for a homework assignment and not a contest entry, my teacher (Mrs. Giossi), thought it was so good she went on a rampage showing everyone in the school. She had me read it out loud in other classes and even for the older grades.

A few days after I handed it in, our principle stopped me at recess and told me he'd read it and loved it. It was at that point I decided to fess up before it got out of control. I told my teacher what I did, and I was summarily humiliated in front of everyone in the cafateria, which I did indeed deserve. Since it was 3rd grade, thankfully, everyone had forgotten about it the next day and I learned an important lesson in the style of a cheesy sitcom.
 
2004-10-18 09:56:43 PM
This story cracks me up. I did the EXACT same thing when I was 9. I copied a poem straight out of a Highlights magazine. Though it was only for a homework assignment and not a contest entry, my teacher (Mrs. Giossi), thought it was so good she went on a rampage showing everyone in the school. She had me read it out loud in other classes and even for the older grades.

A few days after I handed it in, our principle stopped me at recess and told me he'd read it and loved it. It was at that point I decided to fess up before it got out of control. I told my teacher what I did, and I was summarily humiliated in front of everyone in the cafateria, which I did indeed deserve. Since it was 3rd grade, thankfully, everyone had forgotten about it the next day and I learned an important lesson in the style of a cheesy sitcom.

(get it?)
 
2004-10-18 09:57:06 PM
I blame the Clinton administration.
 
2004-10-18 09:57:15 PM
467601209,

"I lost apoem writing contest to a kid that used geuss who lyrics."

"I lost first at a science fair to a kid that was able to use a beehive display from her dad at the university. Socond was taken by my model hovercraft. crafted of styrafoam and using my mom's hairdryer for lift."

Dude--and I know this is harsh, but--judging from only your spelling and punctuation, mind you, I don't think that's why you lost.

You seem to be pretty sharp, otherwise. Work on that...you'll be fine.

/Grammar Nazis are right...it's important.
 
2004-10-18 09:57:24 PM
(get it?)

(get it?)
 
2004-10-18 09:58:56 PM
Ninja_Pancakes
Troll much?
 
2004-10-18 09:59:26 PM
That title sounds familiar for some reason...
 
2004-10-18 09:59:27 PM
espviper

I saw that.

Drew

"What is going to be done about this?"
 
2004-10-18 10:00:02 PM
Culkhambladulahn

Haha - I can see where this is going.

Also... I just made this up I swear...

Spoke the raven, "Nevermore."
 
2004-10-18 10:01:32 PM
johned

I know not what you speak of. I do know that last post a second before yours is not going to help my case a whole lot though.
 
2004-10-18 10:01:48 PM
-wink-
 
jph
2004-10-18 10:02:14 PM
When I was 16, one of my English teachers told us to listen to songs and write them down for extra credit. The idea is that song lyrics == poetry, which tied into our poetry unit at the time. However, I knew where to ftp lyrics sheets from, on the Internet. Voila! At one point I even said I got them from the Internet, and she didn't know what I was talking about, so it didn't matter.
 
2004-10-18 10:02:35 PM
EvaDewer,

"If you steal someone else's work, the omniscient invisible ghost will burn you for all eternity!"

Maybe or maybe not...but how can you sleep at night?

/Our respective names speak volumes...
 
2004-10-18 10:05:35 PM
It isn't completely plagarism unless he included the illustration of one of the "mystery pictures" with the story too.
 
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