Saturday, September 19, 2009

Homework eCON 101..a


Yeah, what HE said yonder...
Perusing the 'Net the other (very early) morning, I came across this headline on Yahoo News: In US, Some Students Buy -- Not Try -- To Excel At School by Karin Zeitvogel.
In summary, the article notes how some US students seek shortcuts to homework. By going online and buying it, pre-done.
Joshingly, sarcastically, seriously....WTF???
But by gawd, the article has links to sites where students, for a modest fee, and actually buy pre-prepared homework.
What a CONnnntree (see what I just did there?)!
For example, one can go to acceptedpapers.com, where students can have term papers written for them when "unable to be creative for an essay". And there is perfecttermpapers.com that advertises "non-plagiarized research papers and term papers, written by qualified American writers".
You hearing this, Veep Joey B?
And there are many, many more, apparently: according to the article, by merely googling "buy term paper", one comes across practically unlimited resources for avoiding doing the work oneself, and letting someone else do ones' learning for them. Perhaps this is some of our stimulus money at work, creating jobs for "qualified American writers"?
Put the nose to the grindstone? Do research? Spend an afternoon or evening at the library? Psssshaw! At the cost of a pitcher or two of beer -- they just need to hit their friends up to recoup the cost -- a student can now grease through his essays and term papers, and move onto higher ed with ease, knowing absolutely...how to be lazy, dishonest, unethical, and expedient. All qualities in great demand today in some lower-than-snakespit corners.
I knew the Congress, by doing all of the above, and voting on unread bills, was teaching the youth of today something.
I know, I know...some folks will argue, this is the real world. Get over it.
I kinda question if this is the kind of real world that our Founding Fathers envisioned, and generations of American men and women fought and died to defend and hand down to their kin.
Though, perhaps another way to look at this is that this is an entremanurial opportunity I'm making fun of? In a down economy, maybe I should become one of these "qualified American writers", eh?
Sure..if I allow myself to become as ethically challenged as Bela Pelosi.
I think not.

9 Comments:

Blogger Debbie said...

Kids have always been cheating, getting someone else to do papers, etc. It is just so darned easy for them to cheat these days.

What they don't realize is they are cheating themselves. By not studying and actually learning the material, they will eventually graduate, go out into the real world, and not be qualified.

Granted some things we are forced to learn in school may never be useful to us. But it does make us well rounded enough to at least carry on a conversation and know what others are talking about.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

19 September, 2009 07:02  
Blogger Sniffles and Smiles said...

Hilarious...but a very sad commentary on our country and educational system!! You write with power, my friend!!! I think you need to quit your day job, and get a job as a political columnist for your local paper...or perhaps, since papers are going defunct...write for an online news agency...Just sayin'

Hugs, Janine

19 September, 2009 15:08  
Blogger ChristinaJade said...

Far cry from cheat sheets and writing answers for a test on our arms in high school, eh? Not to mention the fact that everybody I knew got busted with those old tricks.

Let's face it, kids are always going to try to cheat, cause doing other stuff instead of studying will always happen. BUT! This takes the cake. Between buying term papers and texting "cha-cha" for answers, youngins ain't learnin' NOTHIN'!

Stuff like this is also why I keep a keylogger on my computer and stalk the history anytime kiddos get on it. Not only for their safety from nasty people and make sure they aren't doing something DUMB, but to watch for stuff like this. I think every parent with a kid who touches a computer should do the same. Yes, all the way through school. It isn't an invasion of privacy, it is PARENTING.

20 September, 2009 01:53  
Blogger Aspenstar said...

Kudos to ChristinaJade. I just don't get the give me something for nothing mentality .. entitlement that so many feel they have the right to, including cheating at school. What happens when they have to have the metal meet the road?

20 September, 2009 22:24  
Blogger The Things We Carried said...

It really is a shame, and I am not willing to get over it. Where is the integrity of people? Where is the pride in accomplishing what you have worked hard for? This generation so full of entitlement is who will take care of ours when we are old. YIKES!

Getting the right score has become more important than getting the score the right way.

20 September, 2009 23:52  
Blogger Andy said...

If they had this back in the 70's, I might have gradumauated from coleg.

21 September, 2009 06:11  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Haha Andy:)

21 September, 2009 08:09  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

i wooda, 2

21 September, 2009 10:00  
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17 November, 2009 00:37  

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