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? And if we're presenting duelling accounts of anecdotal evidence here, guess what: I attended public K schools, and I can do long division, spell, and think, and I'm pretty articulate.
And unlike you, I'm able to distinguish between a conclusory argument and a well-reasoned one. I respectfully submit that this doesn't mean that US students cheat more than their foreign counterparts, but rather that the US educational system places much more value on "soft" skills, such as the ability to speak, write, and reason well, than do the vast majority of countries with more "algorithmic" educational systems.
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.
Many foreign education systems simply don't put much emphasis on creativity, persuasive writing skills, soliciting student ideas, and so forth - and they don't assign as many term papers. 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.
There's very little in the way of writing requirements. I don't doubt that CNN's Asian "expert" would find fewer orders for plagarized papers from law students than from undergraduates or students in disciplines where more papers are required. But it would be hasty to conclude, merely on that evidence, that law students are more ethical than their counterparts elsewhere. Why do colleges make students write papers that the professors don't read?
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. Until writing becomes meaningful and important to the student, this cheating is going to keep happening and students' real writing will become worse. 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!
It may be old news, but it's still relevant. 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. It's just easier to pay someone else for their brains. I hope these people aren't the ones out there complaining that they can't land a job. 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. Second—that's how they wrote their own papers. 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. Now, why would they say that if they didn't do the same thing themselves? 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.
It really isn't that hard—one just has to be really hard-nosed about basic stuff and not give an inch. 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? To live the American 'dream'. Academia's emphasis has been on learning, but culture's emphasis has always been about 'getting'. 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. In those cases, where they admit they have cheated, they will earn a zero on the assignment, but I allow them to remain in the class as long as they don't do it again.
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. These universities need the money and don't care how the students earn their degrees. 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. We espouse our colleges' academic integrity protocols from the first day of class. 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. I'm going to join essaywriters and crank out as many term papers as I can!
Every one I sell means one less opponent I'll have to face in the job market. If this criteria is not met — automatic F.
It's not really grades that are the problem, it's how our society approaches getting our kids ready to support themselves and how the hiring process works. 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. There are those kids out there who are pressured to go to college and really don't have the capacity to excel at that level of education.
Whether they're lazy or just not bright enough to do it. However, when income over a lifetime is so closely related to levels of education, it's difficult to blame them. Quite frankly, that's a mistake that seems to have snowballed IMO.
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. On the other hand, we've probably come into contact with folks from bottom tier schools who have proven to be brilliant.
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. Numerous errors like these significantly weaken a writer's position on any issue, but they are particularly distracting—or, perhaps, ironically appropriate—when a writer is criticizing the American education system. 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.
The 6th grade math teacher saw one student trying to work the problem " x " by writing the first number, times. Who is responsible for passing this student without being able to multiply? One answer to that is the pressure that administrators and district personnel place on teachers. Just ask a teacher before you make any judgments. By the way, many teachers work year round, on holidays, and weekends in order to be prepared for the lessons.
It's not just an 8 to 3 job like most people think. No one asked me to be a teacher, rather it is a calling — either you are or you aren't. I am a teacher and proud to be one; one by the way who would not bow to pressure from anyone to pass a child who did not master the Reading skills that are necessary for the next level.
Not all of us are in it for the money; trust me on that because Louisiana ranks near the bottom in teacher pay. One problem with American education is the fixation on grades. For the majority of students and their parents, the grade is important, not the actual learning that went into creating a final product. Currently I teach 6th grade and I see this more and more each day.
It is difficult to describe the meetings with parents who focus on grades. They really don't care if their kids learn anything, as long as report cards look good. School districts exhibit that same mentality because it makes school performance scores rise, which means more money for the district. Nothing matters, even educating kids, except getting federal dollars. This goes on across the country. So, when the kids get to college, they are used to receiving good grades for mediocre work if it's that good.
Since the kids realize they don't have the skills when they get to college, they have to resort to plagiarism. The public school system would be soooo much better off with less government interference. Just ask teachers who are in the middle of this fight; I should know because I fight this everyday with the district, administration, and parents.
American youth have grown up seeing that money will fix anything We live in a society that rewards wealth not intelligence or character. Why should they have to work hard or apply themselves when they can pay for the same results.
We have a whole generation that doesn't appreciate the rewards of hard work This story frustrates me so much as a college student. My school would not tolerate that and it really makes me angry that any institution would on any level. It'll be nice when they can cheat in the workplace. Really discredits all the hard work real college students put into their grades.
Good job on the coverage of the young terror suspect by digging into his past. You give an accurate portrayl of Nigeria. Nigeria never will have Al Qaeda because that is weakness.
Nigerians fight even during religious service. Nigerians don't own guns because Nigerians know their enemies. These are the names of those in the business sector that are leading the recovery. If your name is not on the list play your position. It's a fact that public education has been dumbing us down since the U. Even a cursory investigation into the stated purpose of government education reveals that it is not about education, it is about indoctrination: Funny, I didn't learn that in school They are looking forward realistically.
Their heads are not crammed full of useless facts they will forget soon after graduation and they weren't taught to a test. Like most government run programs although successful at producing obedient citizens , public education has failed its citizens on the education front.
Time to end it, give all school-tax funding back to the citizens and tax breaks so one parent can afford to stay home and teach the kids. Let's coin a new phrase: TASK curriculum is apparently not working, since it's existence has only resulted in drop-out rate to increase. Students say they are bored with their classes and school studying hours, TASK! Whatever happened to School outings to the symphony, Coca-Cola company. The university I graduated from; the Professors made it very clear they would check to see if your paper was bought and we all know what happens next.
Granted I graduated from a religious university-makes no difference, however. Our children are placed under our guidance for a reason;if they see us cheat, be dishonest, kill, steal or abuse powers and laws as corporate america and government have-what on Gods earth do you expect?
Bill One possible reason why teachers don't teach students how to study efficiently is because society doesn't them to do so. Society assumes that the students will develop their own way of studying the material given them. A teacher's expected job is to teach a group of students about a particular subject. Ideally, the teacher offers to tutor students who desire help and, during a session, offers some studying advice. However, in reality, there exists unmotivated teachers, which are common in public schools, who just focus on their core job i.
The problem of teachers not teaching efficient studying techniques is not unique to public education. In some universities and colleges, professor usually don't teach students efficient studying techniques.
Usually, the schools offer an efficient studying workshop. So, the task of teaching students how to study efficiently may be outsourced. I am a student and if we have more school longer school year less summer there is going to be no extra time for aftrer school sports and more of our nations kids will become obese and no kids will have time to shop or go to the movies places like that then they wont have customers and they will start laying people off and fireing people jobs will be lost.
Also kids will stay ip later doing homework and getting less sleep. See i am all for edjucation butits going to affect alot more. It is high time that the media, the country and its officials look into this matter with depth. Not only as one involving academic dishonesty but also of foreigners Ukrainians who operate these websites offering these services to American students. Finally, the government should look into the alleged deportation and the subsequent cases filed with warrants in debt issued but not served because he is no longer in US territory.
The cause of deportation may have a direct bearing on the operation of the business. If allegedly deported, why does he have to make it appear that the entire business is being operated in the US when the truth is, it is being operated in Ukraine. Outsourcing presupposes legitimately established companies in the US and overseas. A legitimately established company is one that is organized, established, and incorporated in accordance with the laws where it is registered or incorporated.
The essay websites discussed both in this article and the video obviously do not fall under that. Virginia corporate laws require actual physical office where operations are conducted which is to be specified in the corporate papers. On the other hand, Essaywriters. These are false addresses. Guevarra as shown in the video. Records in Va offices show that there are no business licenses issued for these entities. These websites are operated in Ukraine so why was this not specified in the corporate papers?
After the cancellation of the registration of Universal Research LLC, all these websites still operated and after almost a year, a new company was incorporated, Universal Research Inc. There appears to be no liquidation as required by the laws of Virginia. Obviously, corporation law issues. The web contains a staggering number of complaints from writers both from US and foreign writers who were allegedly duped and not paid their fees.
Even in a Ukrainian message forum, the Ukrainian writers claimed that Essaywriters. In another message forum, a poster claimed that the owner of these websites was allegedly deported for fraud. Consequently, what is its implication on the foreign jurisdiction where he registered his business. Moreover, the Virginia list of court cases show many archived cases filed against the owner of these websites and warrants in debt issued against them.
Perhaps another reason why the owners allowed the cancellation of the LLC registration and after the lapse of substantial period, incorporated a new company under another Ukrainian. The LLC had been just garnished this year based on court records.
There is an investigation being made. This is the reason why now, the false addresses specified on the websites have been deleted. Gist of the article? The article includes a link where corporate papers are posted and in addition, the web is a good source of research. Of course, the agents of these websites would interpose the over used defense that the evidence and complaints are posted by "disgruntled" writers or competitors STILL the evidence speaks for itself.
I would not even dare put a grade on the preceding comment. The issue is not outsourcing. The issue is the proliferation of essay writing websites with false US addresses being run in Ukraine by a person who allegedly was deported by the government for criminal violations and is now accepting your credit card details when you order your essay.
I am pretty sure that your title alone will also be given an "F" Are you describing the entire educative process of Americans in your headline? The CNN, instead, must feature the proliferation of American pornographic CDs and DVDs in the third world countries and its impact on the crime rate and sexual abuses in those countries As well, American media must look on the inevitable truth that even legal companies, as defined by American laws, are outsourcing their businesses in the third world regions.
In fact, call centers that offer various services are now prevalent in India and Asian countries. Moreover, even the editing of technical and scientific journals of American institutions are now being done in the Philippines by SPI and EMCI through their American company counterparts With regards to the custom essay writing, most American students earn either an Excellent or Very Satisfactory grade; this is the reason why they keep on using web-based writing services.
No society is perfect. But with what you are advocating, well, why do we not just give the country to the dogs after all, according to you political parties, media and administrations have launched wars against countries that never attacked the country. And while we are at that, we should allow these Ukrainians to allegedly tinker with the credit cards of our students when they make payment for these services notwithstanding the fact that these are being operated in Ukraine and that they hide about that fact by allegedly placing bogus addresses on their websites.
In addition, we should also allow people to get away with non payment of proper taxes and alleged violation of our laws. Sure, we should not respect and comply with our laws because after all some people are violating them.
Let us be disrespectful, dishonest and cheaters after all, some officials are that. I just find the logic absurd. Respect and compliance with the laws by the citizenry have nothing to do with the manner how some officials implement them. We do not follow the laws simply because we like the officials implementing them, do we?
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