Goal: Successful kids or ethical kids?
Have you been paying attention to the plagiarism scandal swirling around Kaavya Viswanathan? She's the 19-year-old Harvard sophomore who got a $500,000 book contract for her first novel, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life," parts of which were apparently plagiarized from two popular teen books by Megan McCafferty. Parts? Actually, at least 40 instances of plagiarism have been found in Viswanathan's book by the publishers of the McCafferty novels. Her defense: That she had read the McCafferty books several times and apparently internalized them. Possibly because she has a photographic memory. She certainly had no intention of plagiarizing, didn't even know she had (makes you wonder how insightful you have to be to get into Harvard these days).
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