Is Internet cheating r-r-really cute?!
SCHOOL CHEATS FIND THE WEB'S THE WAY
STUDENTS are not only getting music from the Internet - they're downloading good grades. An ENQUIRER investigation discovered an explosion in cheating and plagiarism - made possible by outrageous Web sites. It's as easy as punching a couple of keyboard buttons to summon up ready-made term papers, research projects and other information from Web sites that have such brazen names as Schoolsucks.com and CheatHouse.com. And if you don't find the paper you like in their huge files, you can pay scholars-for-hire to write one for you.
The cheating is so rampant, say experts that the "three Rs" are becoming Reading, 'Ritin' and Rip-off, The research done by the nonprofit Center for Academic Integrity shows that Internet plagiarism is a growing national concern. The survey show that over 75 percent of all students admit to cheating on some level. Students who are caught often say their lives are so busy with extracurricular activities - they plagiarize to save time. When a student gets caught, typically, they'll say, 'Why don't you worry about something that really matters? It's the American way…'
The Enquirer's investigation found there are thousands of "term papers for sale" sites on the Internet. For example, CheatHouse.com boasts more than 10,000 essays for sale. Its creator Jens Schriver distances himself from matters of integrity. "I provide a service not too different from that of that of a library" he rationalizes - "It can be used legitimately, to do research and get inspired". Another site Schoolsucks.com features such 'elegant touches' as chat rooms that can be accessed by clicking on a button that says, 'I hereby agree school sucks'.
A university professor, who asked that his identity be protected, claims: 'Basically, lying is the part of our culture. Some members of our society are lying and using marketing spins to get away with it., so today's student thinks: 'Other people get away with it, so why shouldn't I?'
The need for a deterrent to student cheating became so pressing that a special Web site was created - called Turnitin.com which uses Web-crawling robots to search the Internet for proof of plagiarism. This site can be accessed by educators who want to check on a suspicious term paper. If a student knows that his term paper will be compared by a room full of computers to over two billion pages from the Internet, then he will probably be motivated to write his own!
Sergey Yeremin, law faculty, believes:
…there are many cheats and there are many Internet sites for them. But is there any problem of cheating? If a students isn't keen on writing his term paper himself, he has an option to download it from the Internet, sometimes going to the expense of it! Is it a big deal? From time immemorial people have used wage labour. Nowadays using scholars'-for-hire labour is just another form of exploitation of resources. […] The Interent is not the only source of paid term papers and cheating is not always a vulgar rip-off. Sometimes it is a kind of creation. […]
Leyla Salavatova, law faculty, has made an "on the spot" investigation
At first I thought I'd approach the problem from
the point of view of an A-student, who never uses this trick to succeed
and who usually looks down at cheats, while giving them his/her exercise-book
to crib out. But I realized that I am not that kind of person and I
am never going to be one. There are a lot of contradictory opinions on
cheating. To get a complete picture we should check them all. So I decided
to carry on an opinion poll on the issues of cheating.
Category No. 1 - 35 %
Category No. 2 - 55%
Category No. 3 - 10%
Tamara Boukhtiyarova (faculty of World Politics) reasons:
On the one hand, cheating is a necessary thing in our everyday life, first of all in a student's life. It is much easier to look through several ready-made term-papers taken from the Internet, than, for example, to read ten huge and thick books. I don't want to say that I am a lazy girl. But my life is very busy. I wake up at 6 o'clock and at 7 o'clock I've already left home, because I need to come to University in time. And I usually come back home at 7 p.m. - so it's physically impossible for me to find the time to read ALL books.
Stas Dokshyn (faculty of World Politics) intellectualizes
After thinking a lot I've come to the conclusion that every subject in our faculty's curriculum is necessary for my future career and for my whole life in the modern world. In my opinion, there are no useless subjects at all.
Ira Komkova, law faculty, suggests that we are living in a
Can you imagine a student who never cheats? I think
no. Each of us resorts to plagiarism to this or that extent. Every student
happened to have no time to prepare a good quality report. Then there
were two possible ways out: the first one – to appear in class without
any report and to declare about your “sin” honestly, the other way –to
try to do something to improve the situation. In our century of electronics
and computers the best decision is to look for necessary information
in the Internet. It is very easy to type in some key words, wait for several
minutes – and …. you have a ready-made report. That’s it! This way of
using the skills and knowledge of someone else can not of course be justified
but sometimes it is better than nothing.
Karina Nesterova, law faculty, claims:
THE GLOBAL DISASTER FOR TEACHERS?
Can you claim totally honestly that you have never
cheated while studying? Haven't you experienced the feeling of self-satisfaction
when you managed to get away with harsh punishment and your plan turned
out to be a success? Wasn't it fun?! So let us speculate about the positive
and negative sides of cheating.
NB! The followong essay is not directly related to the Internet cheating, but we are publishing it because of its topical ideas and good style.
Lena Gorlevskaya, law faculty, claims:
Actually, it's quite a complicated thing to do. One needs to acquire certain skills. As people say, there are two sides of one coin. And this is related to the issue of cheating as well. It may be really useful if you make cribs yourself, but if you use someone else's, then they are of no use to you. As for me, I find it a good thing to do. I used to make cribs rather often, but I only turned to them a couple of times. I think there are certain advantages of making cribs: 1) you revise what you've already learned while making them; 2) secondly, perhaps it's my personal peculiar feature, it just makes you feel more confident when you enter the classroom, even when you are sure you know everything yourself.
The other thing related to the issue in question is cheating for sale. When I entered the university I saw an advertisement on the wall - offering help in writing essays, term and graduation papers for a certain fee. I made a small opinion poll among my friends. And that's what I learned from them: most of them had turned to that resource. But what you get is just a good basis for your own work - not more. You can use it as an expanded plan or additional information. Quite often you have to double-check it carefully, because people who offer such help just search information for you; they don't specialize in a particular field. That's why they make lots of mistakes.
Well, to conclude, I'd like to say that I don't blame people for that kind of cheating - it's quite a natural thing. But still, you have to study hard yourself. Cheating must just help you, but it shouldn't become your main instrument of study.
Tamara Hamathanova, law faculty, intellectualizes:
Cheating is misleading, deceiving, or acting dishonestly on purpose. Many kids think that the only form of cheating is looking into a friend's paper during a quiz, but that's only one sort of cheating. Cheating goes beyond test taking at school. People cheat in their relationships, in their jobs, on their taxes, and in sports and games. Have you ever said something in your group at school and then your classmate got the credit from the teacher by claming that it had been his idea?
The first thing to recognize about cheating is that the vast majority of young people (and, in fact, adults) believe that cheating is wrong. Yet, according to nearly every survey, most young people cheat at least once in their school and university career. So, the most important question is why young people behave in the way that does not agree with the accepted practice? I believe that the answer is a survival instinct. I am not a psychologist, but I think that there is a mechanism which helps us to keep our dignity. This can be a desire to save oneself from the angry assault of a parent or a teacher; it can be aimed at avoiding embarrassment. Nowadays, school or university admission is the major impulse to this survival instinct. Of course, the survival instinct isn't the only reason young people cheat. They might cheat because they find a lesson or a course to be meaningless. They might also cheat because they believe something is unfair, which justifies their cheating. Expediency might be one reason for cheating, but I'm not sure it’s the main reason.
We should understand that cheating has some
It is very easy to click your way into the site with the relevant information, copy and paste it, format it somehow and…. it's yours. There are even sites aimed at making papers for a fee. Most students think that cheating is not wrong. One of my friends said, "I actually think cheating is good. A person who lives an entirely honest life can't succeed these days." Another one said, “Students know that we are almost all along judged by our grades. They are so important that we will sacrifice our own integrity to make a good impression.” “I believe cheating is not wrong. They expect us to attend seven classes a day, and then get ready for tomorrows classes – all that without going mad! What are we supposed to do?”
So, for some people cheating is really terrible, for others ─ it is a normal thing. There is an opinion that lying is a part of human nature, that every person tells lies in his everyday life. Cheating is one of the forms of lies, isn’t it?
Valery Koliuchaya, law faculty, reasons:
We won't discuss here the global problem of cheating and plagiarism (including the breach of copyright and other offences, resulting in civil liability), we will try to consider school-cheating only. One may say it is the novelty of modern civilization and its invention - the Internet. Of course, it isn't true! But it is difficult to argue, that the scale of cheating grows in proportion to the computarisation and Internet-expansion. Statistics prove that "paper" is among the first five most frequently mentioned words at web-sites search. Who needs cheating? Of course, students: to get good grades and more free time with all the ensuing consequences.
But not only students cheat! An investigation at New York schools has uncovered what is being described as the biggest cheating scandal in the history of the U.S. Staff at 32 schools across the city helped students cheat in public exams, a government investigator has found. Some teachers handed out questions in advance, others gave out correct answers during exams. Staff cheated to improve their school's overall performance, or to give their own careers a boost. In this case the real victims are the students who were given a false impression of their abilities. And you are too naive if you think the teachers of the given 32 schools were the only ones to cheat. […]
Two professors - He Yunfeng from China and David Robb, New Zealand are quoted everywhere in the Internet. They both confess that the problem of plagiarism and cheating exists in their countries and they offer the imposition of "Academic Penalties" on those, who plagiarise: from course failure to dismissal. But they are aware of the fact: plagiarism is difficult to define.
The only country, that seems to have found (or at least invented) the way-out is Great Britain. Internet.ru reports, that a new technology - Plagiarism Advisory Service - will be soon inculcated in all educational institutions to allow professors indicate the real source of student's work. A special technology scans the text of papers and matches it with different colours: red for more than 75% of plagiarism, blue - for less than 10%. Moreover, PAS also gives links to web-sites, from which the work has been taken. This month the project is going to be tested in a number of schools and universities throughout Britain.
As for me, I don't think this plan is too bright: those who really need cheating will find the way out. Moreover, I'm not sure anyone needs this practice: students are taught too many irrelevant subjects and they have to write too many papers. They waste time while they could have studied something really essential. Besides, cheating is sure to be revealed later - during one's work: no one will keep an unprofessional employee even if he has a diploma with distinction and Master of All Sciences-grade. And the last point - to my mind, cheating is rather the problem of inner culture and morality than anything else. In criminal law even capital punishment can't prevent murder. How can we be sure that anything like PAS or whatever will be able to stop cheating?
In creation of this essay additional material, including the Internet, was used, but the author believes that employment of various sources is not plagiarism but research.
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