Skip to comments.Custom Writing Service Says Students 'No Longer Have to Face the Burden of Academic Coursework'
Posted on 01/20/2014 10:22:13 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
A Dallas-based company that writes research papers, essays and other classroom assignments -- so students don't have to -- says it is doing so well that it has expanded its staff from just a few writers to more than 100 in the past year.
The company bills itself as the one "students trust to write professional, in-depth and plagiarism-free essays that receive the highest grades for all levels of coursework...so they no longer have to face the burden of academic coursework."
It says the writing is done for an "affordable" fee; and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American students.
In a news release announcing the "custom writing service" for students in the United States, the company includes the following testimonial:
"I enjoyed using the service," one student is quoted as saying. "The paper was written excellent (sic)...My professor was satisfied, and so am I."
Other testimonials on the company's website read:
"I've sent the paper to evaluation first 'cause I wasn't sure if they can find a writer with a relevant academic background...But yes, they did! It seems like she read my thoughts and written the paper (sic) as if I did it myself, lol :-)"
And this: "Cool essay. Couldnt been done better (sic). Just noticed a few typos, but thats okay."
The company offers discounts of 5 percent after ten orders; and 15 percent after 20 orders.
In August, President Obama announced his plan to tie federal financial aid to colleges and universities that do well in a yet-to-be-announced college rating system. As CNSNews.com reported at the time, the rating system means the government will define what a good college is.
Increasing the number of students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds "is at the top of the list," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in October. Another key criteria is college "affordability." And third is "outcomes" -- graduation rates, job placement, and post-graduate salaries that are high enough to help young people pay back their college loans.
For the record, the essay writing company mentioned above says it also writes college admission essays. -
Producing fancy degrees for the next generation of burger flippers.
Okay, this may be true until the moment when the student submits the essay as his own, at which point is ceases to be plagiarism-free.
Wow, kids really don’t want to do anything these days.
This is one very, very limited instance in which I’d support the government stepping in because they’re not an accredited source of education.
And I do mean very, very limited instance. It’s like that company wants kids to grow up to be government workers.
So who gets the diploma, the “student” or the “custom writing service”?
Aha! This could be the return of the handwritten essay!
Who’d have thought that handwriting skills would soon become the new again?
It's not very likely to be true. The company is in business to help students cheat by violating school policy and the student's commitment to the school.
If their core product is helping people be dishonest, then how likely is anything they say really true?
No; these won’t be the burger flippers. This is how a moneyed upper class perpetuates itself. These will be the elite.
These papers cost money. Students won’t rely on them if they don’t provide the desired result. If they work, individual clients will be spending thousands in the course of an academic career. Well-heeled but mediocre or lazy students will use these services to get admission to the best law and business schools.
You don’t think they would provide hand written essays if there were a demand?
Now there's an idea. Though if you want to be able to read any essay I turn in you'd better allow non-cursive submissions. (My cursive is terrible.)
On accusation of cheating the student could be required do submit some of his own handwriting — also if he didn't get the same guy in the 'service' the essays would probably look very different.
Notice the rest of what I said.
Actually, if the essay being sold contained plagiarism before the student committed plagiarism by passing it off as his or her own, it wouldn’t be a very effective product for the dishonest purpose for which it is marketted, now would it?
A fish rots from its head. When the occupant of the white hut hires such services to create his supposed “auto-”biography .............
Goes hand in hand with No Longer Having to Face the Burden of Working For A Living.
In the classrooms I was in, students didn't usually write outlines. In some instances, they did, but didn't even know you're supposed to start with the Roman Numerals, then enhance each topic.
My point? Shallow education with the wrong priorities is the problem. Solve that and the cheating corporations would be less popular.
It isn't a new concept that students pay others to research or even write their papers.
They could still purchase the essay and then transcribe it in handwriting...that is...if they know cursive! ;)
Companies like this have, unfortunately, been around for a long time. In the “early” days of the net, you used to see a lot of stuff on freelance writing sites looking to hire people for paper writing. I forget what they dressed it up as, but that’s what it was.
I would guess nowadays there are dozens of companies like this one online, just a click away. A lot of universities now have certain software programs to “catch” these papers, though I don’t know how well they work. When I was in grad school, I busted a guy for trying to pass off one of these paper mill papers as his own by checking his sources (don’t want to say more than that - a gentleman must have his secrets :-) )
Proves any non STEM degree is useless.
“and it has foreign writers on staff for non-American students.”
Do they write the papers in a foreign language or butcher the English language enough to appear as though they don’t have a full grasp on the language? I don’t get it? Do they write the papers from a foreign perspective?
GREAT IDEA. Let’s spawn ANOTHER generation even more devoid of effective communication skills and CRITICAL THOUGHT!!
Yep, and it is rapidly nearing the end. Employers have figured out a large majority can get through college and obtain a BA while still being functionally illiterate. These degrees are rapidly becoming useless if we're not there already. After another generation discovers they've spend 40 grand on a worthless piece of paper everyone will quit buying them.
“Well-heeled but mediocre or lazy students will use these services to get admission to the best law and business schools.”
The best law schools are highly competitive and require very high LSATs. Of course, you could fake that too, but you are highly likely to be found out in short order. Same thing with business school. Of course, once you get your first job, you can’t hire someone to do the work for you, and then you’re really stuck.
The best high school teacher I ever had was the one who demanded that we learn to take notes. He was a science teacher taught largely by way of an overhead projector with us taking notes. We were expected to take those notes to find and study the appropriate material which we would later be tested on. He also graded our notes.
Its a habit that I’ve carried with me ever since. I almost always carry a pocket sized notepad and write facts that I may need to keep track of. I know it certainly impresses a new boss to see a new hire paying that kind of attention to detail.
Majoring in EE I could see how this service would help me in my major by receiving me of the elective humanities course work. I could concentrate on core engineering.
Boy, just having the internet would have made college SO much easier than when I went in the information dark ages. I mean how easy does it have to get?
Oh, so now an individual or organization is not allowed to provide educational resources unless they are certified by the government?
Today, THAT science teacher would be rated unsatisfactory. The new Commie Core Curriculum demands that students NOT be taught by a teacher putting notes up on a board, but that they read passages in groups and answer questions based on the reading. They must then be able to cite where they got the information to formulate their answers. Teacher-centered lessons will get you unemployed. Student-centered lessons will eventually get this country nowhere. How can neophyte learners teach themselves? How can they know what is important in these readings? What if they can’t read the passages properly? Then the whole class time has been wasted and they have learned nothing. I still say that the teacher should teach the class and that the students should take notes, broken up during the week with some hands-on activities.
Plagiarism free essays mean that the paper is a unique creation by a low paid writer, not a copy downloaded off a student paper sharing site.
Submitting a paper you paid someone else to write isn’t plagiarism, just fraud.
And CWS is only a tip of an ice-berg. On freelance writing sites, I regularly see available assignments to write everything from 1000 word history essays to 2000 word theory of knowledge papers to 3K papers on medical topics.
So basically this company is a professional academic cheaters outfit?
You got that right. I would have given anything to have all this stuff in high school and college. Kids these days haven’t a clue about what a slide rule is.
The company's core product is dishonesty, but I totally trust them not to plagiarize. NOT!
And since most schools no longer teach handwriting, nobody will be able to get a degree!
I noticed this recently when I was catloging my 100 year old mother's belongings. The estate sale manager found 2 of my old (7th & 8th grade, vintage 1950s) autograph books that we passed around at the end of the school year. Every page (including those from the 'dumb' boys) displayed beautiful handwriting. My own grandchildren of the same age produce unreadable thank you notes -- those that even try.
>> This is one very, very limited instance in which Id support the government stepping in <<
There might not need to be direct government intervention. Perhaps a university or individual professor could sue the Dallas company and/or others like it under existing anti-fraud or anti-racketeering statutes.
For example, there are federal laws forbidding use of interstate wire communications to commit fraud, and a sympathetic federal judge might allow a RICO action to go forward.
Or at the state level, an old-fashioned tort case might go forward under common law, even where specific local laws have not been enacted.
Anyway, this is one area where I think we could applaud aggressive steps by the damage-suit lawyers!
the world has gone insane
It’s like an Ayn Rand novel married “Brave New World” and we are living the baby
Close to 3 decades ago, a female relative asked my wife and to do a little mentoring with one of her sons, who was a teenager and a junior in high school.
He was acing math at all levels, chem/physics, history, sports, music and barely any one could read his hand writing. If they could read his hand writing, it appeared to be written by a low IQ third grader.
My wife and I had a good relationship with him as we weren’t his parents. So we gave it a try.
At first we congratulated him on his good grades, and he said he wanted be a good engineer and builder of complex things. Then, we brought up his poor written English and hand writing skills. The twist here, was: His verbal skills and use of English were excellent, and he never had a problem talking with communicating with adults. That failed to emerge in his essays and written assignments.
We then, asked him what he planned to do about that deficit.
His answer. No problem, after I am graduated from college with honors and get hired, I will hire a good secretary.
He did and his good secretary has followed him through 3 different employments. He is currently a well paid VP doing what he wanted to do. His good secretary, now an executive assistant, in his words is like having a good Aunt or extra Grandmother working with him and helping him.
That’s how my son’s high school works. Darn near every paper of appreciable length is graded about 3 times: Outline, rough draft, and final copy. In addition, sources are checked, and the boys had better be able to answer questions about the paper because they WILL be asked questions.
He goes to a very tough Catholic high school. I KNOW they don’t do it that way in the public schools.
Our country is celebrating a federal holiday named after someone who plagiarized 40% of their dissertation.
I went and read the article, and I have something of a nit to pick about the “reporting”. Nowhere does it mention the actual NAME of “the Company”. There are no quotes attributed to SPECIFIC people, such as owners or managers or employees. So, I am naturally skeptical, as this seems to carry the same weight as a story about “a guy who knows a guy that knows a guy that did this thing...”
"Ahh. The old pop 'Blue Book' quiz trick."
Our Vice President is a shining example of a plagiarizer.
“Companies like this have, unfortunately, been around for a long time.”
The first one I ever came across (might have been an advertisement in the old “Boston Phoenix”) appeared in the mid-70’s, a company memorably named “Quality B*llsh*t”.
Of course, with the internet, those operations have become both ubiquitous and amazingly convenient. High school and college faculty have access to programs that can search data bases for plagiarized papers, but as best I can see, about the only way to stop the “best” of those operations (the ones that write each paper as a custom job) is by demanding some in-class writing exercise/s to identify those students who really have little facility with the written word.
Weird. So much is downside up in this brave, new socialist utopia that's being created that I believe we'll soon be sent back a grade or few.
In the world I kinda of remember, how you handle the little things was a good indication of how you'd handle the big things, as well as being an excellent window into one's character.
Silly socialists. I don't think you can repeal that on the way to making your utopia no matter how much academialand fairy dust you snort.
Anyone want a doctor operating on them who used this service to make it through medical school????
I dont recall writing any papers in medical school. All writing was in the chart and done in the moment. No time to hire someone and it wouldn’t make sense anyway...
Now research papers done by residents could be ghost written, but most residents can’t afford to pay, and it would take a writer with a high level of medical sophistication and knowledge to fake it for them.
As noted by another poster, these services are far more useful in the non STEM majors that in the STEM majors, particularly at the graduate level
Ted Kennedy got caught paying another student to take a test. Cost Papa Joe a new dorm to keep him in Harvard.
It’s not just fraud, it is cheating. I teach Object Oriented Programming and database subjects to both undergraduates and graduates. I see this frequently in technology as well. They pay others to write their assignment projects. I have found exactly, my custom written assignment projects out on these sites. Now, to get to the code you have to pay for it. Some got by cheaply with a few dollars, others paid up to $30 for one assignment. Now, not everyone is doing this but many are, mostly international students (future H1Bs) that stupid company execs are falling all over themselves to hire.
I’ve been seriously considering setting up my own site, charge them a nominal fee and then fail them and get them removed from their programs for cheating. Not much I can do about it though since it is hard to prove they cheated unless I can ID their pseudonyms at the sites and/or directly match their code to something written outside. I’ve done this in a few cases each term but I mostly catch students turning in the same code as other students.
I have so far resisted telling them that I am not failing them so much for cheating as I am for being so stupid as to blatently cheat and think I won’t catch them.