I think everyone would agree that this kind of cheating is not a big secret in society. When I was an undergrad, I’ve heard of people like Ed Dante, who writes academic papers for students who I thought were lazy and immature, and rather get drunk instead of cramming to write their own papers, but never crossed my mind that PhD professionals would also seek this kind of dishonest services. What kind of accomplishments do they feel when handing papers written by someone else?
In my academic lifetime, there was only a few times where I’d most enjoy writing papers; my high school senior thesis, and in two of my toughest classes at NYIT, undergrad philosophy and grad vocabulary of media critic. These two classes challenged me to write a total of 100 pages. However it was not just writing, it was conceptualizing and critical thinking. Completing these two classes really added value to knowledge and my writing skills. And I am really proud of myself, I’ve earned A’s in both classes, especially in philosophy where my professor had only given two A’s in her teaching career, and one of them was to me.
However this article also points out a major problem that the country has besides fraud. Ed Dante mentions that the reason he started this business was not only because of his passion for writing, but his need for money to pay off his student loan. This is a big issue in our country, students graduate with a huge debt before they even start making money. And on top, Dante’s papers are not cheap. Nevertheless students are still willing to pay money for original papers. One of Dante’s client demanded for a 75 pages paper that would cost her “a standard $2,000,” where and how would she get that money from? Unless she is in the category of rich and lazy student clienteles that Dante’s has. But whom can we blame for this problem? The universities for recruiting non-english speakers to add diversity to their institution, for recruiting rich and lazy students for their money, for not providing the students with enough resources needed, for hiring professors that are not challenging enough, the government for setting poor academic protocol, the parents for not teaching their children honesty, or people like Dante who provides at-a-cost papers, or simply the students themselves?