According to the Harvard Crimson, Harvard president Drew Faust blames the current cheating scandal raging on campus, which involves as many as 125 Harvard students, on societal “pressures” and a lack of intellectual “excitement.”
“I think the world puts those pressures so clearly on students that we need to think of ways to counteract that with an emphasis on how important the act of learning and the substance of learning is in itself,” Faust said.
Faust said that though the root of the problem extends far beyond campus gates, the University has a role to play in keeping students engaged and interested in learning for learning’s sake.
“It’s a kind of match between making sure we have intellectual excitement [in courses] and we have students who are interested in being intellectually excited,” she said.
What about a lack of character? Maybe that had something to do with it too…