Thank you for taking the time to understand where I’m coming from in my support of Scott Martin and Dawn Champagne. Keep in mind that neither candidate has asked for my endorsement.
Dr. Lance Hindt, along with many board members including Ashley Vann, Courtney Doyle, and Bill Lacy have all endorsed the same two candidates: Don Massey, and Susan Gesoff.
This is the same group of folks that claim they ‘vetted’ Dr. Lance Hindt when hiring him. Ashley Vann has made public statements about court documents involving Mr. Stein, the man that Lance Hindt put into a coma for 5 days. Ashley’s statements were proven false. Story after story has been shared with me from multiple victims of Dr. Lance Hindt, many have not been shared due to the fear of retaliation for coming forward. For a full list of events and witnesses click here: abetterlegacy.com/media-inquiries
But one could make the argument that this is all in the past, and Dr. Hindt is a changed man. But what about 2012? This is when Dr. Lance Hindt submitted a dissertations to the University of Houston College of Education. 4 Years before Lance Hindt wrote his doctoral dissertation, Keith Rowland wrote his dissertation at Liberty University. There are some glaring similarities throughout the entire paper. For a side-by-side comparison of the documents click here: http://abetterlegacy.com/papers/
Here is the response from others reading these comparisons:
From a colleague:
“As someone who recently graduated with a doctorate of education from the College of Education at the University of Houston, the same place where Hindt received his degree, I am disappointed to see the similarities between the two dissertations. Writing a dissertation requires much dedication and research, and to simply model your research on another individual’s work is a disservice to both the students who write original dissertations and the university at large. Furthermore, that Hindt’s research and sources nearly mirror those of the Liberty dissertation undermines the entire purpose of a dissertation, which is supposed to show an individual’s ability to conduct original research. And, of course, the ability to obtain a doctorate based on such research degrades the value of the degrees obtained by those who do write an original dissertation. The problematic nature of Hindt’s dissertation is an affront to those who worked hard for their degrees and to those students in KISD who are held to high standards of academic integrity.” -Eliz M
From an employee:
As a teacher in Katy ISD, and one who recently finished a graduate degree, I cannot sit idly by and not say something in regards to the two dissertations that I’ve read and studied the last two days. What concerns me most, is Chapter Two of Hindt’s dissertation. This is supposed to be a systematic review by the researcher (writer of the dissertation) of several different studies in the field that he will be doing his research. It’s extremely important that the researcher do the review of literature himself. For a dissertation, this level of academic effort is a must!
From my review of both documents, Hindt (2012) appears to have used many of the literature sources that Rowland (2008) researched. Since Hindt’s thoughts and connections of these sources are exactly the same, it’s highly unlikely that he researched everyone of these studies himself, but instead paraphrased from the 2008 dissertation. If you look closely at both documents, Hindt even presents these ideas in the same order.
I challenge ALL teachers in Katy to do their own research. There is nothing “evil” by reviewing the documents and drawing your own conclusions as to if Hindt has plagiarized his dissertation. And I’ll leave you with a thought. If you had written a dissertation and put those hundreds of hours and days into the work, and then were accused of plagiarism, what would you do? Well, I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d put my work next to the one I’m accused of plagiarizing, and ask the public to review it because I’m certain I’ve done my best work! I think as teachers in this district, we should expect our Superintendent would want us to review his work and vindicate him of a false accusation. I’ll warn you however, I was disheartened by what I saw. -This teachers wishes to remain anonymous
From a parent:
As a parent of a student who was caught up in a widespread “Academic Dishonesty” scandal this Fall, I am more than disappointed to learn of this allegation against Dr. Hindt. The Administration at my child’s high school made the decision to label a majority of their pre-AP 10th grade World History students as cheaters and ruin their GPAs at a HIGHLY competitive campus because the teachers chose to reuse old tests instead of writing new ones and then proceed to blame the students for looking at the questions before the test (a prior year’s student shared a photo of a handed back test). As a punishment, the test was invalidated and a new, harder test was administered to ALL students. The incident should have stopped there, and would have been justified, but apparently this punishment did not go far enough and a hunt for “all” students involved was initiated. Students were asked to come forward to avoid further punishment while other students were brought in, questioned, and asked to name names and sign statements (without parents present or notified). My child was one who voluntarily came forward. As a result, he/she was given a zero on the major grade and written up for “Academic Dishonesty” and given a U in conduct. In other words, the exact same punishment as all the students that were named. He/she had an A average in this class prior to this episode, his/her GPA will be very difficult to recover at such a competitive campus. In addition, with “Academic Dishonesty” on file, he can never participate in any Academic Honor Societies. Texas parents know how difficult getting into some colleges can be, every extra activity helps. I can understand the need to teach lessons. But a majority of these students had NEVER been in trouble for anything in their academic careers and will likely never be in trouble again. This was a first offense and has potentially lifelong consequences for these 10th graders. I’m told the administration has addressed the testing procedure with teachers and they are to write new tests every year now. But what did my child learn from this situation? Those that kept silent got no punishment (there were many). Those that were honest received the harshest consequences. And now, the superintendent can be a bully and a cheater and be the leader of their entire district. With unwavering support and never an apology. Seems about right for a district with the leadership I have seen demonstrated this year. It starts at the top and I fear the culture that is being fostered in Katy ISD. Especially when 15 year olds are held to higher standards than our Superintendent. -This parent wishes to remain anonymous until their child graduates
From a former Board Member:
Parents who care about who is directing the education of their children will read the comparison of these two dissertations.
Sean Dolan has gone to a great deal of trouble to find them, read them, and then make it simple for just about anybody to see the apparent similarities and identical passages and bibliographical entries.
I doubt that anyone would claim that one can coincidentally write a dissertation that has the exact same bibliographical entries as those of someone else!
Yes, there are some additional bibliographical entries that are not the same, but they were inserted after the original writer turned in his dissertation in 2008. It’s not hard for someone to list more books in a bibliography.
Those same bibliographical citations that ARE the same also appear in the exact same order in the citations of the two dissertations.
Mr. Dolan has clearly shown how the two dissertations compare. There is no contrast except that the one submitted by the KISD superintendent contains a survey of Ft. Bend ISD students, where he was employed at the time as an assistant superintendent, instead of a Purdue University survey like Mr. Rowland’s. Purdue University student surveys have been widely used and accepted for decades by educational researchers.
Please care enough about your children to read the work that Mr. Dolan has clearly set up so that you may decide for yourself what is the truth. Do not instead rely on the word of someone from Rice University who appears not to have a clue about doctoral dissertations in the field of Education or how they are currently being handed out by certain Texas universities.
In my opinion there is clear evidence presented here that the KISD superintendent has submitted a dissertation to the University of Houston Department of Education that paraphrases one that someone else wrote.
The question is, is anyone besides Sean Dolan going to do anything about it? -Mary McGarr, Katy ISD Board Member, 1991-1996
From a Professional Doctoral Dissertation Ghostwriter For Hire
I finally had the chance to take a closer look at the text and it is pretty clear, and beyond a reasonable doubt, that Hindt knowingly plagiarized Rowland. There are a few things that I find noteworthy here.
1. There seems to be one in-text citation of Rowland on page 3 (ironically not in reference to a copied passage). Rowland does not, however, appear on the reference page, in spite of the fact that this in-text reference exists and in spite of the clear influence he had over the creation of this dissertation. It seems likely that the one in-text citation was an accident, perhaps because he borrowed this thought from another piece that actually referenced Rowland. While all of this is speculative, one thing is clear: Rowland’s work is used heavily and liberally without proper referencing. His name is mentioned nowhere in the Literature Review or Methodology sections, but his work is clearly used. This, by itself, should be problematic for Hindt.
2. It’s clear that the heavy and liberal use of Rowland’s text is not accidental and not the result of faulty citation. The way that whole segments of the Rowland text have been inserted, then slightly altered in certain areas, demonstrates the intentional use of somebody else’s work and a willful dissembling of actual authorship. Check out the text at the bottom of Page 49 where he discusses getting the signature of a superintendent by using a “permission to perform” document. He says that you can find the document in an Appendix E. The exact same text is found in Rowland’s piece, but here, the document is in Appendix C.
There is pretty clear evidence that Hindt is tailoring Rowland’s words to his own purposes. A similar instance occurs on page 51, where Hindt notes that “17 additional surveys were sent to teachers.” This passage is taken verbatim from Rowland’s text, only, the number was originally “10.” Concentrated alterations to text that has otherwise been taken verbatim from Rowland’s piece makes it pretty hard to claim that this was done either accidentally or as a consequence of poor citation. It looks pretty purposeful.
3. I think most conspicuous about the copied passages is that they are concentrated mostly in the literature review and methodology sections of the text. This suggests something possibly even more damning than the fact that he plagiarized select excerpts of his dissertation. It suggests that perhaps he didn’t actually conduct either the research or the experimental survey at all. In other words, if most of the segments describing an experimental procedure that supposedly took place in 2009 are, in fact, lifted verbatim from an article written in 2008, we have just cause to doubt Hindt’s dissertation is based on any kind of research or sample population survey at all. It’s possible he faked every part of it, even those that he actually wrote.
And whether this speculation is true or not, the very fact that the methodology is so obviously and incontrovertibly plagiarized gives us the right to speculate. And it would give the school board the right (or obligation, I would think) to pull on a few threads (i.e. consult his professorial advisers, seek out the principles/superintendent who allegedly participated in his experiment, even reach out to Multi-Dimensional Education, Inc, a company that Hindt credits in his dissertation for delivering the experiment surveys to participants. -Dave Tomar, Author of “The Shadow Scholar, How I Made A Living Helping College Kids Cheat”
To the citizens over the age of 18 living in Katy ISD
I encourage you, especially the educators of my children in this district, to ask yourself if you would punish my child for turning in a paper with this many similarities, or if you would let them get away with it?
I see a vote for Scott Martin and Dawn Champagne as our only chance of the board having an honest discussion about doing what is right for our community. Right now, they just do whatever Dr. Lance Hindt tells them to do. The Superintendent should work for the board, but right now our board works for Dr. Lance Hindt. Here is the link to the similar doctoral dissertations. I ask that you spend time reviewing these, and not to jump to conclusions. Click here: http://abetterlegacy.com/papers/
A current board member won his seat on the board by only NINE votes. Your vote counts.
For more details about the events that have transpired over the past few months: click here: abetterlegacy.com/media-inquiries
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