Thursday, February 27, 2014

Plagiarism 1 Priorities and false details

I've used this blog because there is an element of mystery in these questions.

I do know who the author is but I don't want to name her in public, so if you know, don't put the name. I'm interested in having assistance with exact citations of a few things. There will be five or six scans posted from the same book.

This is the most blatant of the examples I scanned today:

On the right, under "Priorities" the author says "One of my clients, when asked…" and "I responded by explaining…"

Otherwise the text is lifted word for word in some places from my priorities page:
Someone in a discussion had been asked to consider which was more important to her, health food or her child's happiness. She wrote:
Health food is not more important to me than my children's happiness. Health food is one way to promote a healthy body and the health of my children is very important to me. So is their happiness. You seem to be saying that the two priorities are mutually exclusive. I would like to find a way to promote their health without sacrificing their happiness and vice versa.
Joyce Fetteroll responded:
When we're trying to achieve two goals there will be times when a decision will lead towards one but away from another.

When conventional parents are faced with deciding between happiness and another goal more often than not the goal of children's happiness becomes secondary.

If you've ever made your child cry because of something else that you wanted, then your child's happiness was secondary.

One time I was upset about a spill or something and my daughter said "It seems like you care more about the rug than you do me." I, of course, said "No, of course not." And yet she was right. For that moment the fact that she was upset was less important than the need to get the spill mopped up.

And with conventional parenting that happens a *lot*.

That text has been on that page since at least April 2005: (though it didn't have Holly's title art at first).

The book was published in 2012 and when I asked the author to contact me, she withdrew the book, and did not respond to me. I asked again, and still didn't get a response.

I think there are things on the lefthand page that are similarly lifted from published unschooling sites, books, or discussions, but in the example above, the plagiarism is compounded by being credited to other people specifically. Changing Joyce's story about her daughter to a story about the author's son makes it twice as dishonest, in my opinion. I had hoped for the author to let me express that to her, in hopes that she would withdraw all of her writings from the internet, and perhaps acknowledge the problem.

Any help to find links or evidence about other parts of the page, or the other scans, would be appreciated. If you click the title of the blog, you can get to the others. If you click the image, you can see it a bit larger.


  1. The text at the top of the left hand page (and presumably the page before that it carries on from) is lifted directly from the end of this article:

  2. And the section on Giving Children Voice is lifted directly from here:

  3. Ah, I see in another reply that Jan Hunt of Natural Child Project has sent you email that likely you haven't seen yet, and I'm guessing that she may well have already identified the wholesale thefts from guest authors on her site.