The educational system of US has for long fascinated students from all over the world to label themselves as Ivy Leaguers or Harvard grads or MIT students. But all those dreams and desires aside, there is another problem that an overwhelming majority of American students are confronted with. If you are thinking about student loan, you can still get away with it in possibly a decade or so, but there are things which are much grave than all of this.
This is in the form of increasing cheating culture in US schools and colleges have reached appallingly alarming levels. Students in majority of these schools have been outsourcing others’ brains and paying others to prepare their term papers, regular assignments and even thesis for postgraduate and doctorate levels.
In its initial stages, the process was largely restricted to students paying their acquaintances to get their work done, but with the internet invading the sector, this phenomenon has emerged as a million dollar industry within the last couple of years. With the looming gravity of the entire situation, it has become mandatory to assess some important aspects that constitute this process of online outsourcing of brains.
Why do students outsource their work?
Students undergo immense mental stress and pressure because of the workload that they face especially at college level. It becomes difficult for them to cope with the happenings of the different courses and at the same time submitting their assignments online. A substantial majority of students also work as employees at different places to make ends meet and hence, rarely get time to have a look at what assignment needs to be submitted and at what time. In such circumstances the only possible solution they have is to go online and check a website that can share all their academic problems.
Who do they outsource their work to?
There are billions of online websites available that capitalize on the level of academic stress faced by a student. You visit the website, make your account and pay the amount to get your services.
What is the problem in the entire process?
The foundation of the whole transaction is based on fake information. Firstly, many of these websites claim to be US based but they are actually not. They are operated from countries like India, Philippines, Ukraine and Pakistan among others.
These websites have agents who communicate with their clients. Secondly, all these online resources claim to have experienced team of writers with some of them being PhDs whereas they are not.
How does the process promote cheating?
Students once handed over their paper submit it to their professors with their own name, even when they have no idea as to what has been written in their very own paper.
Secondly, websites involved in this business claim that they provide guidelines and sample papers for students. A claim which is, yet again, false. Students provide them with complete information about their assignments. The writers working for the website prepare it and that paper is then forwarded to the professor.
What makes the industry so lucrative?
Money obviously, plays a foremost part in it. Especially for those in the developing world this is the best opportunity to earn a handsome amount of some dollars. Surely, if someone offers you $15 for a 250 word page, you would find it hard to say ‘NO’. Depending on the urgency of the assignment this amount can hike to $60 a page.
Who is supposed to be blamed for this and who can stop it?
If there is one single agent that must be blamed for all this it is undoubtedly the search engine giant, Google. Google provides all these online resources the platform they require for fulfilling their services, thus making it legitimate like any other unethical or unlawful act. Hence, believe it or not the greatest threat to the educational system of US at present is in the form of Google.
Interestingly, the only antidote for this is Google itself. If the largest search engine of the world decides not to entertain such websites, the entire industry would collapse instantaneously. With the kind of infrastructure and technical expertise they have it’s not something really difficult for them.
So, Eric Schmidt does have full right to condemn British education system, but before doing that kindly look at the large brainless group of students they are preparing to face challenges at home.