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[Susan notes: This letter shows how different school is from "real life."]

Submitted to Philadelphia Inquirer but not published

To the editor

While "Schools are using a new force to

combat cheating: Students" (News, Jan. 29)

I couldn't help chuckling because on the job

we "cheat" constantly.

That is, I wouldn't spend 10 seconds thinking

for myself if someone else, or a reference book,

has the answer I need.

Because my boss wants me to get the work

done, quickly and efficiently, using whatever

resources I can muster.

Outside of the research/publishing area

no one cares where I get the information

just as long as I do so intelligently.

So -- in school we call it cheating. On the

job, where we aren't FORCED into a building

to play a well-meaning but scary/boring game

called Teach'em-Test'em -- and then made to

compete in a If-I-Get-An-A-You'll-Have-

To-Get-A-B etc. sense of that term -- we

call it sensible teamwork and/or cooperation.

Robert E. Kay, M. D.

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