The Real Problem

The NYTimes tweet re the recent cheating scandal at Dartmouth Medical School:

So, the school taking radical and dubiously ethical means to root out cheating at a medical school is “sowing mistrust”.

One guess as to where else “trust” is going to be a little dodgy…?

9 thoughts on “The Real Problem

  1. I avoided the paywall and read about it on NPR. It’s free, not necessarily better. Takeaways for me: the judicial handling by the school reminds me a lot about the way colleges have been handling sexual assault accusations: no due process, guilty until proven innocent. Acceptance of marginal students invites cheating. If I’m seeing a doctor from Dartmouth I’ll be very, very careful.

  2. I can think of many ways to cheat on an online test, some virtually indetectable.
    And why were these young med students taking tests remotely?
    My God this is covid-phobic. Young people have a miniscule chance of getting or spreading covid. They could have taken an exam in a common room proctored by a TA. And this was a medical school? I hope that they don’t offer degrees in public health or epidemiology.

    You need an #elitefailure hashtag, Mitch.

  3. If the Times did not the publish the article and the medical school administration was not heavily shamed on social media by fellow medical professionals, Darmouth would not have reversed course.

  4. Dude, it’s like, impossible to cheat on a test conducted on-line. This was the cleanest exam in history. You have no proof there was systemic cheating, no evidence who cheated, and even if you did, no standing to complain about it since it won’t change the ultimate outcome – every student will graduate with honors, because white privilege and slavery.

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

  5. My son-in-law is a med student who has taken tests remotely, including in my dining room. The school actually uses the laptop camera to watch who might be around the student while he/she takes the test.

    I think that the key is that the school needs to be smart enough–like my kids’ and son-in-law’s school–to simply say ahead of time that there’s going to be surveillance to make sure there is no chicanery. Elite schools like Winona State, Rochester Community and Technical College, UW-Lacrosse, and Medical College of Wisconsin (M-Cow) are doing this while lesser schools like Dartmouth haven’t figured it out yet.

  6. radical and dubiously ethical means to root out cheating

    Radical, yes, but dubiously ethical? Isn’t cheating dubiously ethical?

  7. Look for more cheating.
    The academy has been pushing AA for decades, and, being elites and thinkers, utterly failed to see the inevitable result of their actions.
    The SAT has its issues, but one thing it does predict well: those who score well correlate with those who successfully are awarded a bachelors in four years.
    So what do you expect will happen when people who score poorly on the SAT are admitted to college anyway? A large proportion of them will not graduate. Not without cheating.
    The students who revolted at Julliard last spring demanded that students who were on probation or suspension or had some other disciplinary action imposed upon them by the college have their records wiped clean. But only students of color were to receive this amnesty. The revolting students were quite clear about that.
    As we saw with the West Point cheating scandal, “students of color” were more likely to cheat or otherwise violate WP’s honor code.
    Only intellectuals could be this stupid.

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