November 13, 2000
Cheating not exclusive
Regarding Mahdieh Javid's article, "Hoosh
o zekaavat-e irooni," we should test every idea in the crucible
of experience and make sure that we have considered every idea in our search
for truth and in our attempt to be fair and square.
I especially liked Mahdiyeh's writing in colloquial Farsi which is now
common among the youth of her age as I observed in Iran in my trips. Her
style of writing is admirable and the sign of time.
All I suggest is to utilize the talents of people all over, including
Iran and the U.S. to always hover around truth, impartiality and fairness
to everyone when they write. For that is the only way, if not the easiest
way to help our troubled world. I have tested this and I am sure that the
reward of leading this kind of life far surpasses the glitter of life otherwise.
After enjoying Mahdieh's article I wondered why this young lady should
write it in a way to make the people think that only Iranian students cheat.
As an educator I have been involved in all levels of education both in
Iran and more in the United States.
Over the years, especially since 1980 when I have mostly been here,
I have come across all kinds of articles and I have observe cheating at
Ali A. Parsa