Recently in the news: school board director Chris Spence plagiarized parts of an article he wrote for the Toronto Star.
Here's what I don't get: if he had to resort to plagiarism, why was he writing a newspaper article in the first place? Unlike students who plagiarize, he didn't have to write an article. It wasn't an assignment. He wouldn't flunk if he didn't do it. Unlike Margaret Wente, it wasn't his job. He has a whole job that, I'm sure, keeps him fully occupied. How did it even occur to him to write an article if he had so little to say that he had to plagiarize?
I'm pretty sure that people have to proactively submit op-eds to newspapers rather than the newspaper soliciting them, so he could have just not done it and no one would have noticed. Even if the paper did solicit an article from him, he could have just said "I'm terribly sorry, but I'm afraid I'm just too busy with my duties as director of TDSB to write an article. However, I'd be happy to give an interview."
So why did he do it?