Boston principal who plagiarized Forbes column resigns

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Jaime Moody resigned Wednesday as principal of Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, Mass., after The Boston Globe discovered apparent plagiarism in her job application. Moody had previously apologized to her school's employees for plagiarizing from a Forbes column in a welcome letter.

In her application, Moody "appears to have used an entire example of an educational philosophy statement posted on the Oregon State website," James Vaznis reports. "The statement was meant to show students of the online course what such a statement would look like as they attempted to write their own, one of the authors of the course said."

She also took sentences from a book by a Jesuit priest, Vaznis writes:

One sentence read, “Salivating for success keeps you from being faithful, keeps you from truly seeing whoever’s sitting in front of you.”

The other sentence was “I’m not opposed to success; I just think we should accept it only if it is a byproduct of our fidelity.”

Also in education plagiarism news, a member of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District Board of Trustees in Arcata, Calif., sort of apologized for apparently lifting part of a graduation speech he gave.

"I understand that for some in our community -- the self-appointed referees of good and evil -- no explanation or apology I can offer is good enough," Dan Johnson wrote. (In his apology, he also misspelled the name of David McCullough Jr., whose words he took.) "But I’m comfortable in the knowledge that their intolerance, so readily on display, is a far more profound flaw than mine.”

"Sorry, Dan. It's too late for apologies," Tim Martin writes in a commentary that seems to express exasperation at both Johnson and his community. "You've been thrown under the bus by a knee-jerk community with an inflated sense of self."

Previously: Middle school principal plagiarizes Forbes column

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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