Object Lesson: Plagiarism is WRONG


You’d have to be mole not have heard or read about how Melania Trump plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Melania’s quickly become the butt of many jokes, including, “I want to thank my speech writers, Cut & Paste.”

As a teacher and journalist, I take the issue of plagiarism very seriously. I taught my students how to write in their own words and follow the practice meticulously as a writer. College students must sign ethic statements vowing academic integrity and must use on-line programs to verify that their work is their own. Plagiarism or cheating, can result in expulsion from school.

Academics, including some prominent historians have been accused of plagiarism and have had to apologize, diminishing their  credibility.

Yet, here’s the wife of the presumed Republican nominee, engaging in outright plagiarism in a national forum. She and her writers  should be ashamed.

Let’s take this as another example of how careless and dangerous this potential leader could be. Here’s one of my favorite reminders:

Let’s not be complacent. Get out the Vote.




About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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13 Responses to Object Lesson: Plagiarism is WRONG

  1. Hey great minds think alike! I just posted on my Facebook page literally 5 minutes ago similar sentiments!! I promise I did not plagiarize your blog post! J.

    Seriously, I agree with you completely. The only thing I disagree with is that everything these days is shady in politics. It’s rare to find any politician apologizing for wrongdoing. As a teacher, I would apologize if I was wrong and I think leaders need to do that. Then they really distinguish themselves from a strange, rude and clownish candidate. Just saying.

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Hillary Clinton apologized for Benghazi and the email controversy (which was a non-story.) She is the most qualified candidate to seek this office. Read her two memoirs, Living History, and Hard Choices.


  3. Melania made me wince at her plagiarism and also wham she cooed about how loyal her husband is. That’s not my understanding; just sayin ‘.


  4. In academics we use so many resources from other programs. We give them credit if we use the exact form. They are posted on our websites and as long as we acknowledge the program or colleague it is acceptable. I have many lectures that I “adapted from” and then “updated”. It makes me a little uneasy. It is not a good example. It is the “right way” and the “Trump Way” which has been evident throughout this campaign.

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  5. Hey, if Melania Trump had said, “as Michelle Obama said in 2008,…..” There would be no problem. Imagine that. Adapted and updating are fine as long as original credit is given.

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  6. Kw says:

    I think the only current candidate never accused of plagiarism is Donald trump which seems more important than what one’s spouse does. Though regardless, in my opinion there are much more pressing issues to judge candidates on such as their views on foreign policy, economics, and national security.



  7. how embarrassing and foolish this was… tsk tsk. ❤
    Diana xo


  8. I sincerely feel sorry for her – she married him and his minions couldn’t fact-check her speech? She actually looked pained last night, or maybe it was botox?

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  9. She had speech writers and then she and another staff member changed it. Don’t feel sorry for her at all.

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  10. Everything about this guy seems so obvious.

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