Of Honor and the college cheating scandal

My Auld Pop (Thomas Munro, Sr 1886-1963) often spoke of integrity and used to say “Is fhearr an rath fada glan seo far am beil e na an rathad goirid salach” or “Tis far better the the long clean road (rath fada glan) than the short dirty one.” I remember Dorothy L. Sayers wrote in a letter to Muriel St, Clare Byrne :

“To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or life.” (From the Letters of Dorothy L Sayers Vol 1 1899-1936.

I have been a proctor to hundreds of AP exams and other standardized exams. It never would have occurred to me for an instant to seek a bribe to falsify an exam. I studied very hard for my Spanish Achievement test and got a 730. My eldest child, many years later got a 760. Our middle child got a 770. Our youngest got a 800 (a perfect score). She also was an National AP Hispanic Scholar. She got a 5 on her AP Spanish literature and also her AP English prep. A friend asked what prep books she used to study. My daughter said, “I didn’t study. I just read the complete works of Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Dorthy L. Sayers plus the complete works of Garcia Lorca, Alarcon, Jose Camilo Cela, Cervantes, Tirso de Molina and Calderon de la Barca plus a few odd essays and stories.