Google searches for “buy college paper” bring up 13.6 million results; “buy term papers” 7.5 million results; “buy college essays online 6.27 million results. You don’t have to look far to find someone who will write your college essay/thesis/research paper or complete a simple worksheet. They are your roommates, classmates, or a stranger you contact via email.
Stories and articles about student cheating in college have some professors and parents worried. How could this be happening and why are we spending so much money on education when students aren’t even doing their work. My biggest confusion with all of this is how educators and parents don’t understand that this is not new.
A quick craigslist search led me to dozens of ads in search of a good writer, researcher, proofreader and tutors. Students are desperate throughout the United States to get a passing grade. Some of the ads seemed genuine; they are looking for an unbiased opinion, someone to help them catch mistakes they missed. Others go straight to the point.
Some ads are aimed at those who want to make more than just a broke college student’s spare change.
I came across students willing to babysit or clean houses for a well written paper. Who knows what else they would trade for a great paper. Some students could not even form a proper sentence or take enough time to spell words correctly within the ads. Was it sheer laziness or actual inability?
But who is to blame; professors, students, the education system, parents? There is no real answer. There are dozens of resources for tips on writing research papers and college students have options like online courses to test out their ability to get through a college program. Tutors and other university programs are also available for help.
An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education has spurred hundreds of comments and solutions, none of which any number of people can agree on. The scariest part of all of this, in the future we may have to entrust some of these students with our lives.