Weekend Open Thread: Cheaters Prosper

As I’ve noted elsewhere, I’ve been  in court for the past two weeks, so I’ve pre-loaded this sucker and hope that nothing really interesting happens between now and when it appears.  Way later on Friday, when my brain is too thrashed to allow me to think about law, I’ll upload the stats for the week’s OC Register Dearthwatch.  Sneak preview — the Register seems to be has continuing running, with increasing speed, from the top 6,000 towards not even being the top 7,000.  If that was part of the wonderwall plan, it’s working!

Susan Sarandon, proving that smart is sexy.

In keeping with the theme of this Weekend Open Thread, wonderful and talented actress Susan Sarandon has played both an attorney *and* a cheating spouse. She has no other association with the story or OJB except for this: if I’m going to have to look at the front page of the Juice from time to time without participating in it, I’m going to make sure that at *least* I get to see a damned photo of Susan Sarandon!

Today’s reading is from Popular Science, about a prof who let students cheat (or at least “cheat”) on a test.

On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in hand, my students sat in one tight group, with notes and books and laptops open and available. They were poised to share each other’s thoughts and to copy the best answers. As I distributed the tests, the students began to talk and write. All of this would normally be called cheating. But it was completely OK by me.

Your comments about that, or anything else you’d like within the bounds of reason and decorum, are welcome.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)