Outsourcing is a dirty little word among many Americans. When companies use cheap labor overseas to make products or perform services it often means those jobs are lost in the United States.
Next up on the outsourcing list? Take a deep breath and read on. America is outsourcing its brains.
According to the Center for Academic Integrity, in the last school year nearly a third of the faculty at its 360 college and high school member institutions reported students downloading term papers, reports or essays written by someone else from online sites known as paper mills.
We counted more than 250 sites selling papers online, so CNN’S Carol Costello went online to buy a term paper from one of them. She asked for a “Premium Quality” paper on Jayson Blair, the former reporter fired by the New York Times for making up stories. Three, double-spaced pages with 5 references (the references added to the cost), totaled $80.97.
The company said it would take a few days.
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Costello talked to one writer from an Asian country, who wished to remain anonymous. He says, based on his experience, more than 90% of online term paper buying comes from the United States. “There’s a huge demand for academic papers in the United States,” he told her. “It’s unethical, but you know I come from a Third World country. It’s good pay. The temptation was really great.”
Much of the time it’s an English speaking writer from another country who is writing those term papers. DomainTools tracks Internet traffic to Web sites by nation. Essaywriters.net is one of the most established sites soliciting writers to write these papers. DomainTools says most of the visitors to essaywriters.net are non-Americans.
You can read more of the article here. I don’t blame ANYONE that works for those companies and continues to write papers for people that pay for them!
So the biggest question remains: how to fix this? Well here are few of MY suggestions:
1. Teachers need understand that with classic literary works and assignments (Charles Dickens, Nacht etc..) that they have to be creative in what the assignment is. I mean seriously, how many different ways can one make a book report on Willi Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Be creative and extrapolate different items from that work and tie into a skill needed for todays world.
2. Make the students simply write IN class – duh! If it were me, I would make my writing assignments short (to fit in a 45 minute block) and make the topic at the start of class – boom! Besides, what is the true point and relevance in making student write long papers and essays anyway? Its not needed into days world
3. Again I think teachers need to stop being lazy and be more creative with lessons – PERIOD. Stop blaming other and third world countries.