For that reason, the solution is not merely tougher laws and stiffer penalties. We need a series of probing discussions in classrooms all over the country, encouraging students to reflect on the real purpose of education: the new people and ideas a student encounters, and the enlightenment that comes when an assignment truly challenges a student's heart and mind.
These days, students can hire online companies to do all their coursework, from papers to final exams. Is this ethical, or even legal? Stalkadam/Flickr, a colleague tells the following story. A student in an undergraduate course recently submitted a truly first-rate term paper. One version of "m" called t boasts, "Just let us know what the exam is about and we will find the right expert who will log in on your behalf, finish the exam within the time limit and get you a guaranteed grade for the exam itself.". They are making a mockery of the very idea of education by putting its trappings - assignments, grades, and degrees - ahead of real learning. They're cheating their instructors, who issue grades on the presumption that they represent a student's actual work.
He hadn't given any credit to the essay's true author, whose name he did not know. And he was prepared to accept credit for both the essay and the course, despite the fact that he had not done the required work.
The shrewd shopper, it seems, invests the least time and effort necessary to get the goods. But when students outsource their essays to third-party services, they are devaluing the very degree programs they pursue.