Why Students Pay for Essays: the Truth About Online Papers
A new trend has emerged in American higher education in the last few years. Increasingly, stressed and tired students will now pay for essay writing services
This trend reveals many deeper problems in our culture and in the American education system. It also raises some important questions about plagiarism, ethics, and the quality of instruction that students receive.
The most important questions are:
- Is this plagiarism?
- What are the consequences?
- And why are students doing it?
Plagiarism and cheating have existed for generations, in many different forms. In the past, students who were in a jam often asked friends to write papers for them or used a paper that someone else had already written. More recently, as technology advanced, students began copying and pasting text from websites into their papers and passing it off as their own. As this problem grew, professors became savvy to it and software emerged especially to detect this kind of plagiarism.
Now, students can find a vast variety of services online which allow them to pay someone to write their essays for them.
But does this act truly represent plagiarism? The definition of plagiarism is “to steal the words or ideas of another and pass them off as your own.” You could make the case that purchasing an essay online meets this definition. However, students that do this are not really stealing anything. They acquire the work fairly by paying for it and the work they hand in is 100% original and unique, not copied from anyone.
If you have been contemplating using a website that offers college essays for sale, here are a few points to consider.
- Moral considerations. Despite many very good arguments that can be made to the contrary, you will find that college professors and school administrators still view the act of ordering a custom essay online as plagiarism. You may face severe consequences if your instructor finds that you have submitted a purchased essay.
- The importance of developing your writing skills. Writing is a necessary skill for almost any career. By not doing the work to complete the assignments yourself, you may be missing out on the opportunity to improve your writing skills.
- A better work ethic. Doing your own work will keep you from becoming lazy. In addition, it’s impractical to think that you can outsource all your work as you advance. If you buy custom essays online, you may be setting yourself up to enter the workforce unprepared.
These are the same arguments that have been made to dissuade students from cheating for years. And let’s face it: passing off someone else’s essay as your own basically is a kind of cheating.
But is cheating always wrong? Might there be times when it is necessary?
Here are some of the reasons why you might be considering asking someone to write your essays for money.
- Unreasonable workload. Almost all students need to have a job outside of school. Some older students even have families to support. Many are not native English speakers and they struggle with things like correct grammar and punctuation. It’s just not reasonable to expect that every student can keep up with the workload all the time.
- Competition. As more and more students use professional writing services, the bar is set higher. Many feel that they have to purchase online to avoid being penalized in classes that are graded on a curve.
- Professorscan’t usually tell. As their own workload increases, very few professors will take the time to compare an essay that you wrote to your previous work. Even so, they can’t prove that it was plagiarized since the work is completely original.
- It’s a legitimate business model. In the business world, writing tasks are outsourced on a routine basis. There is a growing trend to leave writing to the professionals so that those who are not skilled writers have the time to focus on other things.
- Irrelevance to future plans. Perhaps the essay was assigned in a core class that is unrelated to your area of specialization. Or perhaps this particular type of writing is not an expectation in your future career. In these cases, the convenience of paying for essays may far outweigh any benefits to doing them.
The issue of purchasing college essays for sale evokes strong emotions on both sides. College professors and school administrators may feel angry. Choosing to pay someone to write your essay instead of doing it yourself is perceived as an unfair workaround. When an instructor assigns an essay, he/she has specific goals in mind for his/her students and specific benefits that they will receive from carrying out each step of the process independently. By purchasing essays, you are bypassing that same process your instructor prescribed to help you learn.
On the other side, students often feel that the deck is stacked against them. They struggle to balance competing responsibilities and feel that their professors are disconnected from that struggle.
Are they right?
To answer this question, let’s consider the changing landscape of higher education in America.
The cost of tuition is rising all the time. Students want to avoid being saddled with prohibitive amounts of debt as they begin their careers. As a result, they must work many hours outside of school in order to meet these rising costs, leaving them less time for studying.
To make this problem even worse, studies have shown that only about 37% of high school seniors are prepared for college. In fact, many college professors cite student lack of preparedness as one of the key reasons that their job is harder than it was five years ago. If students come to college without the requisite skills, they can rapidly begin to feel that they’re in over their heads and need help.
So how to solve these problems? The answer is complex. It’s too bad we can’t just hire a professional problem solving service to help us navigate this thorny moral dilemma.
Do Teachers Get Paid Enough?
January 7, 2009
Is it a teacher’s job to get rich, or make tons of money? No, it’s not. It’s a teacher’s job to give the gift of knowledge to their students, to repeat the knowledge learned onto them to the students. It is a cruel joke, often made solely because teachers don’t have nice houses or apartments, but it brings to mind the possibility that teachers really aren’t paid well.
The highest average national salary for a teacher between 2001 and 2002 was $54,348 and the lowest at $31,383. The next comparison (between 2002 and 2003) wasn’t much better; the highest average national salary was $55,693 and the lowest was $32,414. Even the best paid teachers had a mediocre salary, at best. Is that fair? Is it fair for a teacher to be paid so little for passing knowledge on to the next generation? I don’t think so.
Okay, so the rate rose, right? And it’s fair to assume that if the change went up over a year, it’ll continue to go up, even if a bit, right? But if it goes up at that rate, then you can still see that the average will be around $60,000 by now, still only “okay” by money standards.
And for those of you who aren’t sure what a good salary is, think of it like this (I’m giving rough estimates, so don’t quote me): $0-$40,000 is “poor”, $41,000-$69,000 is “okay”, and $70,000-anything higher is “wealthy to rich”. That’s only my opinion, but I think I’m sort of right, at least in the right area.
Anyways, back to the teacher problem. It’s likely that there are at least a few people saying that the salary given to teachers now is pretty fair. What do they do? They just walk around a room, blathering information memorized, giving out worksheets, and all around making kids miserable, right?
One word: wrong.
Teachers not only give knowledge to the students, but now, contrary to popular belief, they try to make class more bearable, if not fun, for the students. Yes, I know that some teachers…they’re not so great, but you get the point; kids are getting an education, like it or not, and they’re starting to like it.
And there’s the biggest thing: time. Teachers devote endless hours to their students so that they will be able to comprehend what they are learning in a way that isn’t too boring. Hey, fellow students, ever noticed that the teacher is usually still there when you leave and already there when you arrive at school? That’s known as devotion, something that we should take pride in for our teachers.
So, to sum: teachers give lots of time to make sure their students can learn, and they get squat for it money-wise. And hey, let’s be real; our values and morals are of top importance, but material things are still second-place.
So with all these new ideas for bringing more money to teachers, not giving them any more money is just dumb.
Source for teacher salary: America Federation of Teachers
Link to salaries: http://resource.educationamerica.net/salaries.html