This evening, my senior in high school daughter came home upset because of a bad score on a test in an AP class. The particular questions were extremely esoteric Bloom level 1 questions (e.g., how many books did character X read during the story; clearly somewhere in the book, but just recall, not analysis).
She asked the teacher to please explain the relevance of the question to understanding the story. The teacher answered she didn't know, she just copied the questions from the internet.
At this point, I was pretty livid, and wanted to immediately go to the principal/school board to complain about this individual. If a student "just copied" from the internet (without attribution, and even then a straight copy without further change would be a fair stretch), it would legitimately be plagiarism. But am I out of line believing that a teacher who just copied questions from the 'net -- especially without being able to explain why the questions actually matter -- is just as guilty? I fully understand there are only so many ways to ask, e.g., about a whale in Moby Dick, but this issue isn't about a major character's name.
My wife didn't think it was worth pursuing the issue, as the particular quiz will not significantly affect the final grade. But I remain skeptical that copy/paste by an academic leader is ethical.
What guidelines are there to help ascertain what should be an appropriate response? Am I just wrong to believe there is an unacceptable double-standard here?