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Re: Top educator admits plagiarism, Jan. 9
I believe that Chris Spence can no longer be trusted to make policy decisions on behalf of our children.
Denise Howe, Toronto
TDSB chair Chris Bolton’s remarks characterizing Chris Spence’s plagiarism as an “honest mistake” belies the dishonest nature of the deed. “Honest” in this instance would be equivalent to not knowing what he had done wrong, and Mr. Spence admits he knew he plagiarized and exercised poor judgment in doing so.
“Poor judgment,” yes; “honest mistake,” no. I think it behoves Mr. Bolton to hold Mr. Spence to the same standard as he would any student in the same situation.
David Seeler, Toronto
There are several references to a “mistake” in this article. This is an improper use of the word. Certainly Mr. Spence was aware he was using material written by others so this is not the mistake. The mistake he made was in thinking that he could get away with it.
Sally Sharpe, Toronto
Dr. Spence chose to plagiarize. Dr. Spence knew better. Dr. Spence should no longer be the director of education. There can be no equivocation here. He should resign immediately.
Sheldon Usprech, Toronto