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When I first constructed this web site three years ago,
I had no idea how much controversy it would cause.
Honestly, I just wanted to post some of my own
writing here. Soon, hundreds of students were
e-mailing me their essays to add to my list.
Along with essays, I received tons of mail from
students who said they really appreciated my site, and
that it helped them more than I could ever know. I
received no complaints from teachers, just praise
from students. I suspected students were plagiarizing
from my web site, but I wasn't sure.
It wouldn't have taken much convincing for me to
take down this site. When it was first constructed, I
had to spend hundreds of hours processing essays
and answering mail. It was a lot of work, and if
someone had sent a polite e-mail regarding the ethics
of this site, I would have ended it in a minute!
Then one day, the judicial affairs department at my
university called me into their office. I had to have a
private meeting with the dean regarding my site.
I was shocked to find out that their department had
received approximately 50 calls from upset teachers!
Every single one of them was asking the dean to expel
me from the university -- basically, kick me out!
I never received any e-mail from these teachers.
They never voiced their feelings to me, nor did they
try to explain how my site hurt their students'
education. They decided to ignore me as a human,
and try to ruin my future by taking away my chance at
a college degree. Aren't these people interested in
protecting education? Obviously not, if they want to
expel me from school.
If any of these teachers had taken a minute to write a
polite e-mail, they would have found out that
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