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Former Director of TDSB under the microscope again

Chris Spence resigned back in January of 2013, on claims he copied several passages in articles submitted to newspapers...

The former head of the Toronto District School Board could be in even more trouble.

Chris Spence was the Director of the TDSB, before resigning in January of 2013, amid a plagiarism scandal.

Now, his PhD thesis submitted to the University of Toronto, back in 1996 has come under fire.

Spence resigned when it was discovered that he'd copied some elements of a couple of newspaper articles he'd submitted.

Now, there are claims there are passages that have been plagiarized in that thesis, as well. 

The Globe and Mail says he's scheduled to appear before a university tribunal next month, to answer to the charges.

His lawyer wants the issue thrown out, claiming too much time has passed and that it has now become an abuse of process.

Spence has been finding it difficult to find executive work in both the US and Canada.

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  1. Alex posted on 06/10/2014 07:08 PM
    Is anyone really surprised he's a criminal? Look at him!
  2. Joanna posted on 06/10/2014 09:10 PM
    Mr. Spence needs to show some character and accept the consequences of his actions. Perhaps he is unable to find a new job because he cheats, lies and does not take responsibility. I'm sure he would have expected much more from the students he used o teach.... but then again, perhaps not.
    1. Frankie posted on 06/11/2014 12:50 PM
      @Joanna He should join the Ontario Liberal Party; he'll fit right in!
  3. Michael posted on 06/11/2014 07:02 AM
    When I went to University, I earned every A,B, C and D grade! What you have now is grade inflation and a decrease in the quality of the education. Some individuals who belonged to certain groups cheated regularly, they had every test and midterm from their group and shared them. One time as a teaching assistant, I convinced one of my professors who was arguing with me that this group was better than Canadian students, to change the test for a midterm. Guess what! The certain group failed miserably. If I was caught cheating, I would have been thrown out of University! Time to accept the consequences!
    1. HP posted on 06/11/2014 07:25 AM
      @Michael It's called grade inflation...combined with the NDP theory that nobody fails has resulted in a very stupid generation of kids that can't cope in the real world. Many are functionally illiterate, can't do simple math without a calculator, and many can no longer read cursive writing. Most are lost without a keyboard.

      I've worked with many of the Millenials...they don't listen, they can't take direction, they ridicule those that supervise hem, they don't understand why they can't be CEO, and spend their day surfing the net.

      Chris Brown is just a symptom of western culture, if you can't win, you cheat. Not just in academics but in sports, corporate, and politics. Lance Armstrong, Enron, Nortel, McGuinty, Harper's robocalls...it's destroying our civilization and other cultures will prevail in the future.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/11/2014 09:35 AM
      @Michael I'm not standing up for the professors on this.
      But the reason why they sometimes do it (including bell-curving) is to keep the average of the entire class above a certain mark. Their jobs depend on it.
      If the grades average is too low, and/or the students evaluate their performance at the end of the year, and its bad, the professors get booted. I had that happen in a couple of my classes before at U of T.
      So from what I gather, its all performance-based.

      So I'm not necessarily surprised they're resorting to what you've explained. Goes to show they don't really give a damn about the students and their future. They have more love for their ever-increasing salaries- funded by the ever-increasing tuition.
  4. G Man posted on 06/11/2014 11:20 AM
    Spence has demonstrated that he doesn't have the honesty to be trusted as an executive.
    1. Mark7 posted on 06/11/2014 12:57 PM
      @G Man And now he wants to keep his fraudulent PhD because it happened a long time ago and because he can't find a suitable job. When you lie on your resume, you can't flip burgers of pass a criminal check. He expected more from the kids in his schools and betrayed all of them.

      He should now be forced to live with his flawed character.
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