My two boys have been invovled in a DARE program through their school. For part of this program, they were supposed to write an essay about staying off of drugs. My wife, who is a school teacher, sat them down in her room, and answered some of the questions they had as to what to write about. They wrote down notes of things she said, and then spent several days typing their essays on the computer. Today, the DARE officers came back and said that the boys copied each other, and so were not going to be allowed to go to the DARE graduation party. So far, they won't listen to my wife or I telling them that the boy's wrote seperate papers using the same source information. They did not help each other, or copy each other. I told them it was like two students being given an assignment to write on Abraham Lincoln, and both students using the World Book Encyclopedia as their source. Quotes are going to be alike, but the papers are different. The boys used similar quotes, but wrote comletely different papers. I'm not sure how this will play out, but in my opinion these two DARE officers are creating a situation where my two boys will say, "Why should we do something like this ever again, and why should we trust a police officer?" I hope that doesn't happen, but it seems silly to me.
Take care. Settle down and relax. Stick.