Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986, directed by John Hughes
I remember the meeting well.
A teacher discovered a student who had plagiarized a paper and gave him a failing grade. The father of the student demanded a meeting with me, the teacher and his son. He opened the meeting with line I will never forget: “My son never lies.”
The teacher, a woman with a sterling reputation for excellent teaching, exemplary character and an abiding concern for the welfare of her pupils, was stunned by the implicit assertion that she either had lied in making the accusation or made a terrible mistake in evaluating the student’s work.
Having worked with students for many decades, I, like most teachers, always assume the best of students. But when confronted with incontrovertible evidence of cheating, I accept the reality that students, even good ones, occasionally may do dishonest things.