Take a deep breath and read on. America is outsourcing its brains. According to the Center for Academic Integrity, in the last school year nearly a third of the faculty at its college and high school member institutions reported students downloading term papers, reports or essays written by someone else from online sites known as paper mills. Costello talked to one writer from an Asian country, who wished to remain anonymous.
The temptation was really great. DomainTools tracks Internet traffic to Web sites by nation. DomainTools says most of the visitors to essaywriters. While it may seem lucrative for a writer looking for some work, several writers we talked to said essaywriters. One blog has become a place for writers to read about and exchange information on companies that sell research papers.
Terese Depoy, an Arizona substitute teacher and writer, says she contacted essaywriters. But when Depoy received the writing offers, she says she was appalled that it had nothing to do with corporate writing or research.
I was actually embarrassed! In a statement to CNN, essaywriters. All customers are informed that it is their responsibility to use the reference material responsibly and never claim it as their own work. We hold our customers and writers the highest ethical and academic standards. There is software designed to catch counterfeit papers. Turnitin is used widely by schools to catch cheating students.
Most of the students were either copying tests, using crib notes, helping others on tests, or turning in term papers off the Internet. The university is so concerned with the problem that it created a Academic Integrity Office to deal with it. Tricia Bertram Gallant, the academic integrity coordinator at UCSD, runs a mandatory seminar for the student cheaters. Indeed, the entire essay does not show college-level organization or coherency.
It may be easier but is it really better to be outsourcing our brains to unknown writers on the Internet? Of what I reviewed, the quality of these papers left much to be desired.
The writing styles were bland. Most of the subject information was available. However, when a person takes pride in their ability to write a cohesive paper, it is degrading to your own achievements to allow a lesser paper to substitute for your effort.
I chose to stay up until 2am or 3am or later when necessary to write all my own papers. All while working full-time as a single parent. My degree is my achievement. Cheating does not teach you how much you can accomplish, just what you can get away with.
We Americans need to learn how much we can accomplish. This recession is proof that we are losing our ability to get away with less. Actually it looks like you can use perpetuate in that context, meaning to uphold, the hypernym of perpetuate. Granted, the writer should have simplified it and used "uphold.
The first sentence, though a little on the verbose side, could be simplified, but it is absolutely a coherent thought, and is a good opening sentence, actually. Who cares if students are buying papers? All you do is have several "in class" writing assigments or tests in essay form early on in the semester. This is how I conducted my discussion sections when I was a graduate student.
Cnn should stick to reporting news If people want to cheat themselves out of the learning process then let them do so. At some point, these particular individuals will pay the price for being inept and incompetent.
Anyone caught cheating should be thrown out of college and their transcript permanently marked. Its not fair to give these people a second chance. Colleges are full and they turn people away. So if you get caught you should go home.
It is our educational system that propitiates the buying and selling of term papers and other forms of cheating. If the system were working, such activities would not be needed. Learning should be fun, and every teacher or professor should strive for excellence in teaching.
The students who get by after turning in fake papers are taking unfair advantage of the system. Those selling the papers are taking advantage of the weaknesses both academic and ethical of the students and the system. I am confident that many, or most of the morons on Wall Street who destroyed the credit of the United States bought term papers.
The answer is simple. National publishing of all 2 and 4 year college papers. Mandatory failing grades "mandated by congress" for those selling a paper, or buying a paper. Those paper mills sell the same paper to more than one student, and then two students have some explaining to do.
Google spiders could catch palgarists in a second. All a professor has to do is scan a paper into the database, and see if there is a hit.
The US Government either loans directly, or guarantees the loans of most all students in college. The FBI ought to use the same efforts to bust Paper-mills as they do to bust child porn sites.
If this system and the internet had existed 40 years ago, a certain C student from Yale, might never have graduated, and we all would be spared a huge recession and a poorly planned double war. Do you want to go to get treated by a a medical doctor who bought a bio-chemistry paper? Or buy a car designed by an engineer who bought an engineering paper?
I think the article appropriately addressed the transition of the "American Glory" to overseas countries. Not only are we sending our jobs over to India, Budapest, China, etc. The internet is a medium by which young americans can now access produced knowledge e.
The biggest factor in obtaining successful intelligence is learning how to learn, learning how to listen, learning how to write, and learning how to effectively speak. If college students at UCLA obtained this information unethically, what does that say for us? I can guarantee the problem is bigger with schools like the University of Phoenix, where nothing is monitored I speak from personal knowledge.
I am in the staffing industry and outsourcing is a tyrant on the American people. The article was appropriate and much more important than some seem to think. I am astounded at the number of grammar and spelling errors in these comments from people who apparently think they are intelligent enough to post an opinion.
The concept embodied in the acronym KISS is always close to the truth: Experienced university instructors can often recognize that somebody has appropriated the intellectual property of another because the writing style is markedly different. That is especially so with content written by somebody from a society where English is not the first language.
At that point turnitin. From the errors in grammar, sentences, syntax, spelling, capitalization, etc. My husband just retired 2 yrs. Besides academic skills, critical thinking is totally lacking. And judgement comes into play every day in the medical field besides knowledge.
Most children come to school with enthusium. We do a magnificent job of destroying that. Ahh, where has Carol Costello been, tem-paper mills and the "dumbing down" of the standard in American education has been an oft discussed topic for years. Something to think about. The guidance of children is more important in sports than in education.
An example, I attend a private college. Students who are on sports scholarship have priority in registration and tuition which is none , they, also, have special study hall hours, and tutors are available So, it seems that having an athletic department to be noticed rather than scholastic achievement seems the easier way out, so to speak.
Parents and Leaders-to respond to this comment in an insensitive way or even an argumentative manner reflects my very point. I have traveled to 48 U. The attitudes and willingness to learn, be corrected and change has reflected in the communities it thrives based on education rather then pride.
For example, the language of the South-the teachers given up correcting the Southern accent because of the pride and the whining complaints of the students. Rather than the parents correcting and working with the children, the parents lose their authority over the children and accept the misguided compliant of the child and complain to the teacher that the work is too much.
Look closer in your schools-private or public-and see the path and the uneven vision that the students are heading. To the courageous Parents and Strong Leaders continue to progress and be corrected Again, Parents and Leaders-to respond to this comment in an insensitive way or even an argumentative manner reflects my very point. Lastly, I would like to inform the doubtful readers that I had written this in third grade language for easier comprehension including mispellings and syntax.
Every single rant on here confirms the gist of the story. Americans across the board are failing in grammar, punctuation, argument, and logic. No wonder nothing gets done. Whatever the problem with American education may turn out to be, this series of comments reveals at least one major concern: Americans cannot spell or use grammar correctly. Not all online tools are bad. Some tools that actually help students learn from their writing mistakes.
This enforces the notion that content should always be original created by students , but help with making their papers grammatically accurate and more powerful is available. I am a professor at a U. I try my best to give writing assignments that are course-specific and not amenable to stock productions. One example — "no papers on the death penalty" I always say in my undergraduate criminology and law classes. We home schooled our boys. They are bright, funny, curious, articulate.
They can do long division, they can spell, they can think. And your evidence for this "fact" is what, exactly? The latter group of countries generally assigns far fewer term papers to undergraduates and is instead more likely to rely on other assignments, such as end-of-term exams. This policy will depress demand for plagarized papers. Some quasi-anecdotal evidence in support of this proposition: The vast majority of non-US participants had never been asked to show their work or reasoning in undergraduate math classes - only the final answer.
By contrast, the US students had always been told to show their work in math classes. Similarly, in qualitative courses such as organizational behavior, the US students often had far superior writing skills to non-US students. Some of this, no doubt, was due to language difficulties, but some was not. Yes, I also think this basic difference in philosophy is a big reason why you often find US students lagging somewhat behind non-US students on standardized tests, but the US continually outperforms on softer metrics like establishing companies.
To cite another example, in US law schools, most grading, especially in the first year, is done entirely on the basis of end-of-term examinations. But it would be hasty to conclude, merely on that evidence, that law students are more ethical than their counterparts elsewhere. After three or four papers like this, I stop trying and start "throwing up" details that the TAs are looking for on the papers.
Why should a student write an essay or paper on a topic that they do not care about? I love reading science fiction but, writing a paper about the symbolism in War and Peace is something I rather not do. Come to think about it, why do students need to know how to analyze literature academically?
I do not think most people will ever do it again after college. Besides if the professor never really reads it and I will not be writing like this again, does it matter if I write it in the first place? This is getting out of hand. I have a friend who outsourced his essays for entrance into business school to one of these online essay companies. And to top it off, one of the essays was on "Ethics!!!! At random and some selected instances have the student defend her term paper in front of the class.
Watch for the choice of words in the term paper and what she would utter. If her choice of words is like that of a professor from Oxford and how she speaks is Ghetto or Hillbilly then she has a problem!
The problem is probably just getting worse every day. This is why we have so many morons out there. They are too lazy to actually study and learn how to write an intelligent essay with some independent thought. But I guess we all know the answer to that one. Incidentally, that comment posted by Stanley: When I taught poli sci for one year in university, , students would filch from true authorities on the subject. I am a high school social studies teacher.
I teach US History. I do an excellent job of teaching the story of a "free country" that has never had any integrity from its very inception with the signing of a constitution that included the continuation of chattel slavery to the ongoing denial of civil rights and equal protection under the law for all of its citizens.
Why should our children value knowledge and wisdom for its own sake? You wonder why this society is grumbling and crumbling? This is a society that has never known balance on any level. The scales of justice require balance. This society has never been capable of dispensing justice.
And now, we dare to require that our children demonstrate a level of integrity they have never seen or even heard about. They are "products" of their environment. The issue with such papers is very simple—if one cannot prove that a substantial amount of a paper was taken verbatim from a website, administrators will not punish it.
I cannot count the number of times that an administrator most of them with education or business degrees told me that a "plagiarized" paper was a genuine effort on the part of the student to abide by scholarly writing standards that I was not clearly explaining. It is the standards, so they tell us, that are wrong. Sadly, a brief look through the writing of such people and, yes, this has been done shows that they do plagiarize—and they plagiarize liberally.
The only way in the present climate in which administrators do all they can to keep students enrolled in the university so as to keep getting revenue to combat the purchase of papers from overseas, plagiarized papers created from a collage of sources, etc. I am a college prof. I think the only solution for colleges is to have potential students write an essay well supervised in the presence of a college administrator.
You could have or more all writing at once, in a silent hall, desks 6 feet apart. Why make good grades in high school? To go to a good college. Why make good grades in college? To get a good degree. Why get a good degree? To get a good job. Why get a good job? To make lots of money. Why make lots of money?
Until that changes, students are highly motivated and rewarded to cheat. I have read all your comments and agree with them. The American Education System desperately needs to be reformed. After years of teaching from Elementary to College level, I no longer have a job because I refused to give grades demanded by the Hispanic students and Administrators in the Miami School System, especially Miami-Dade College MDC and Florida International University FIU , where degrees are given to foreign students with the professors having other students do their academic work and submitted as their work.
These foreign students [from all Latin countries, India, Pakistan, Brazil, etc] are given tuition waivers, a stipend, and more opportunities to conduct studies, but the American students are left out in the cold with student loans to pay back for the rest of their lives.
The foreign students gets every opportunity for a bogus education [because the professors at FIU do not have an idea of what they are teaching], learns nothing, but takes a degree from FIU, go back to their country and live life as a prominent and proud citizen who used the US School system.
The students do not want to work for their grades, but demands it and when not given, they go in droves to the uneducated administrators who puts the burden on the teachers, and disposes of them, especially if you are English-speaking only. As a current graduate student, I find this issue to be less about the dumbing down of America and more about the excessive workload required by most academic institutions.
There are literally not enough hours in the day to complete all the work that we are given, so some of us choose to buy a portion of our work online. Although I have never taken advantage of these websites, I can certainly understand the appeal. I am a college professor, and every semester I catch at least one student blatantly cheating—usually plagiarism.
Often the student is quite an accomplished cheater, and obviously do it frequently. I make it very clear at throughout the semester that anyone suspected of cheating with fail the exam or paper, and perhaps the class. Sometimes the student who has been caught, will refer to the pressure of maintaining good grades.
I reinforce that this is not, nor will ever be, an acceptable reason to cheat. Most times however, the student blatantly and often rudely denies that they have done anything wrong—when I have overwhelming evidence indicating otherwise. Cheating at the college level is rampant, and we owe it to those hard-working, honest students to get it under control.
It calls the media to task for providing unbiased, accurate information to keep the confidence of the general public. I happen to see an ad on one of the engineering college in India website for part-time workers in America or India who can work on the assignments given to MS students in American universities. This is not just essay. This was a big shock to me. Cheating in the exams and taking a shortcut is very common in India because of extreme competition. Now, there are lot of people getting MS degrees from unheard of universities in America.
If these students got their undergrad degree by cheating, they will continue to do the same where ever they go. The plagiarism problem has a long history in American higher education, especially in first-year college courses.
The average class size is about students, writing finished two-draft essays per course. To combat plagiarism we design writing topics that discourage students from being paper-mill customers. And we know that in general, our American colleges cannot afford to professionally staff full-time positions for first-year, writing-required courses; like many in my position, I have taught three-to-four courses in many semesters in many colleges, always on part-time, semester-only contracts that protect the colleges, pay little, and offer no job security.
The problem appears in our classrooms but originates in the common college HR practice of hiring a high proportion of adjunct professors, poorly paying them, and yet expecting them to bear the brunt of the problem of plagiarism. None of this truth made it into this new article to which I respond.
Not only did I get a tip to make a little money, I can also do a job that will thwart the efforts of any kids trying to take my job. If this criteria is not met — automatic F. For those kids who are gifted in certian subjects and are able to acheive an A on their own, the system works. It allows the universities, parents and the kid to determine where a student might be able to get the most out of higher education and whether a particular school would be too much for them. But not everyone needs to go to college.
I imagine all of us out there have experiences where someone who has proven to be somewhat a dim bulb has attended top schools and they seem to be the ones who find it necessary to mention their alma maters VERY often.
As long as employers place more emphasis on if and where someone went to school, this type of stuff will always happen. Parents and students being more concerned with grades than knowledge is just a symptom of a feature of society and the workplace.
The result was 4. Interesting How America throws higher salaries at teachers, but never teaches students how to increase their effeciency to study and learn. Is this on purpose and planned? May be you were not listening to what the teacher was telling you to do in class; that is why it took you 14 years to learn a simple thing like SQ4R but as a teacher I am glad you finally did learn it.
However, you still have spelling errors in your posting. Bridget is right about passing the students to the next grade level without learning the content. Students have absolutely no accountability and teachers are always blamed for their bad grades.
You cannot pay the teachers enough for what they do in class every single day. I challenge you to go volunteer for week in any classroom in a nearby school and you will realize how hard it is to be a teacher and how underpaid they really are. Like Bridget, I also became a teacher because I wanted to and am proud to be not just a teacher but the one who does her best to support the students; whether or not, they choose to take advantage of that support is another story.
There are several sites that have a strict cheating policy and are aimed at HELPING students with their homework - not helping them cheat. One site is http: I find it entertaining and appropriate that the first comment to this story references the Jay Leno "Jay-Walking" comedy segment. We have a story which details students taking others ideas and claiming them as their own; the Jay-Walking segment is a blatant copy of a bit Howard Stern as been doing and Howards is much funnier, I must add for years.
As an English instructor at an urban university, I am very familiar with the problem of plagiarism and purchased papers. I was not aware, however, that many of these paper mill sites are based overseas. Fortunately, most of my students could never afford to pay such outrageous amounts for ready-made papers.
Instead, they just copy-and-paste from free material on the internet. Some of my students have received such poor training in writing that they truly do not understand the rules for fair use of outside sources and documentation of sources; others resort to plagiarism as an act of desperation and panic, as they are taking a full load of courses and working too many hours in order to pay for college.
Such explanations do not excuse their poor choices or eliminate the penalties for their dishonesty at my school, these penalties range from a grade of zero on the assignment to suspension or even expulsion, depending upon the circumstances. I offer these explanations simply to suggest that the problem is not simply a matter of laziness or inherent dishonesty.
On another note, several of the commenters on this site could use a refresher course in the basics of Standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling. At what point will we put the responsibility on the people buying the papers? There will always be temptation and it will only get greater with technological advances. Everyone seems to be pointed the finger everywhere except with the people buying the reports.
They are the ones dumbing themselves down. They are the ones not getting properly educated because of their own choices. I would suggest someone come up with a way to spot these bought papers, but there will never be a perfect solution to the problem.
Cheating has always existed and always will, and the loser in the end will always be the cheater in some way shape or form. The financial advice given this morning was dead on. It was on the behalf of consumers and should be applied to every financial transaction from banking to fast food and so on. Public school districts across America receive most of their federal dollars for education based on School Performance Scores which includes points for lowered absenteeism, student grades, and standardized testing, to name a few.
The higher performing schools receive a larger share of the money, which as a teacher, makes no sense to me. The districts, individual schools and their administrators, and teachers who by the way receive incentive bonuses for increased student performance are so focused on money, which leads to decreased educational focus on student learning. Students are being passed without mastering grade level content because it looks good on paper. I teach 6th grade Reading and for the past three years, the students who came to me had no clue how to find, for example, main idea and supporting details, even in a one paragraph text.
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