Plagiarism as documented by Tom Lehrer

If I sound skeptical that college has changed so much, it’s probably because I was exposed to Tom Lehrer at too early an age. For instance his alma mater song Bright College Days from the late 1950s fondly recalls

To excuses we fibbed,
To the papers we cribbed
From the genius who lived down the hall.

We will sleep through all the lectures,
And cheat on the exams,
And we’ll pass, and be forgotten with the rest.

I gather they also drank a lot of booze back then too.

P.S. I’ll be curious if active learning finally turns the tide.

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