Cracking Down

Mr. Dorsey, our new principal, determined to do something about the flagrant cheating at our high school. He issued bulletins and began to admonish  those teachers who did not proctor alertly. Under duress, the faculty reported the names of the culprits. Several crib sheets were turned in as tangible evidence of the cheating. Mr. Dorsey’s …

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Cheating

During my first weeks at the new school I observed that cheating was rampant. I had always considered it rather inane to cheat on  a test because of my code of ethics, and because so much was at stake. Apparently the other students didn’t concur. In fact, even the presence of a proctor did not …

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Courtroom Drama

There was an ominous silence when the jittery defendant rose in court. He explained in a tremulous voice what had led him to repudiate his confession made at the police station on the night of the crime. The audience began to buz excitedly until the judge demanded a cessation of the noise. Although the district …

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Call Me By My Right Name

My cousin refers to himself as a “sanitary engineer” – a euphemism for garbage collector. There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or glamorous titles for the mundane job they hold. It may seem incongruous to call an undertaker a “condolence counselor,” or to refer to a taxi driver as …

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The Pep Talk

“If there’s one thing I loathe,” the coach said, “it’s a quitter.” He had good reason to reprimand us at half-time, because the scoreboard revealed that we were losing 45-20. Our lackluster performance indicated to him that what we had forgotten the rudimentary aspects of basketball. His caustic remarks fired us up, however, and we …

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