“He’s copying me!”
Teachers hear that phrase a lot. It’s usually spoken in a whiny, nails-on-a-chalkboard sort of way.
We usually teach kids not to copy others.
Don’t look at someone’s else’s test. That’s cheating.
Don’t mimic others’ behavior. Whenever a kid accuses another of mimicking them, I tell them to just sit quietly, and the other student will have nothing to mimic. That usually doesn’t work.
The problem is that while we don’t want kids to cheat or plagiarize, the real adult world really is about copying, mimicking and stealing quite a bit. In fact, if you ever plan to contribute anything of value to the world, you should probably get comfortable with stealing a bit.
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