...Don't ask me to respect someone because they have an MBA!
I taught for 9 years at the University of Buenos Aires. I have friends that have become MBAs and I have friends that are teaching to future MBAs.
When I move to the US I have the "pleasure" of seeing some final projects done by MBA students at an American School... and I remember thinking they would never ever pass my undergraduate class with such an a poor level of thinking (and writing for that matter), but they pass their class anyway.
copying others' work, plagiarizing,
or sneaking notes into exams..."
Don't get me wrong, I believe an MBA may be useful for some. Like Engineers or MDs that want to go into business. It will give them the very basic tools to start in the business world, as well as the contacts. But if you are about pursuing knowledge forget the MBA. Go for a Master in your area.
Just don't ask me to respect you because you have an MBA. Ask me to respect your knowledge and your wisdom and show those to me.
And BTW, check this little piece of information:
"You have business students saying, 'All I'm doing is emulating the behavior I'll need when I get out in the real world.'" -- Rutgers University professor Donald McCabe, lead author of a study that found MBA candidates the most likely to cheat among North American graduate students (...) fifty-six percent admitted to copying others' work, plagiarizing, or sneaking notes into exams.