The currency of the Academy is supposed to be honesty. That is still true. Unfortunately, it has never been the reality – although I remain convinced that it hasn’t always been as bad as it is now.
This is despicable.
There are people I know personally whom I suspect got their degrees this way. Some have gone on to become department heads and deans. They are often the ones who cry out the loudest and come down on students the hardest – as long as those students aren’t their own of course. Their own students are miraculously never suspect – even the ones who can’t rub 2 words together when they are speaking.
…something about protesting too much, methinks.
There are also people I know personally who conveniently look the other way when students (especially their own) produce work that is suspiciously good. One colleague of mine has theorized that fully 1 in 5 faculty members got to where they are now through some form of plagiarism.
1 in 5.
The corporatization of Higher Ed is a significant influence. When everything becomes about money then everything acquires a price tag.
Do you ever wonder how a student who struggles to formulate complete sentences in conversation manages to produce marginally competent research? How does that student get by you?
OOOH, OOOH! I know the answer to that one!
Here’s food for thought:
I, who have no name, no opinions, and no style, have written so many papers at this point, including legal briefs, military-strategy assessments, poems, lab reports, and, yes, even papers on academic integrity, that it’s hard to determine which course of study is most infested with cheating. But I’d say education is the worst. (emphasis mine)
I am not surprised. Saddened, but not surprised.
In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence community is infiltrated by double agents.
Say what you want about me, but I am not the reason your students cheat.
You know what’s never happened? I’ve never had a client complain that he’d been expelled from school, that the originality of his work had been questioned, that some disciplinary action had been taken. As far as I know, not one of my customers has ever been caught.
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