I just wanted to follow up my comment in class with another clarrifying statement. The reason I see this model of math as an example of resistance is because it acknowledges that there are more ways than one to get to the answers. The usual model of the math classroom is that there is a formula taught, the class would practice and then they would be evaluated. This new model puts a problem to the class to solve together, coming up with their own methods of solving it-and that may look different for each student. As long as they can prove that they can solve the problems they need to solve they can move ahead. How can this be applied to the writing classroom? How can we ensure that students are competent yet give them the space to explore and resist? Seems like a lot of work but with the same old same old methods of teaching writing not proving to be effective (with the pre-college population, at least), it may be time to try something different.
So, is Amber’s plagiarism okay. I don’t think so. I do think, however, we can learn something from her.