“A Question of Honor”
William M. Chace is both President and Professor of English Emeritus at Emory High. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College along with a Master and doctorate degree in English. Chace was a teacher at Stillman College. He has written two scholarly books and has written many articles about education. His article "A Question of Honor", talks about cheating on campus. In this article Chace discusses the various problems in American higher education. He discusses the decrease of funding, cheating on campus, the urge to succeeds, and the moral offensiveness of cheating, College cost are very high and there is too little financial aid that are available. Tuition cost discourages so many students from apply to a university or college. President Obama at the latest State of Union Address said “So let me put colleges and universities on notices. If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury---it is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.” (Qtd. in Chace 165). Chace poses the question “What can they do---amid financial pressure, dwindling public esteem, pre-professional anxieties on the part of their students, and eroded faulty loyalty---to recover the prestige they once enjoyed?” He continues to write “One answer, I believe, rests in what they can do, and must do, about a large and ugly presence on almost every campus: academic dishonesty.” (166). Every student sooner or later will have the task of writing an essay. There are many rule in writing an essay "but the ground rules are not: be clear, employ the rules of logic, and pointedly, be original" (167). But is there "no such things as originality" (173). Chance argues that everything we write down has been written before but in a different way. That we as a species had endlessly use and reuse, forever recycling...
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