How we cheat the system

Although this blog is mostly about SEO and website marketing, we do also run a freelance writer service.  We often get asked to write term papers and research papers and even essays for entry into PhD programs.

So it was with some interest that I read this morning in Maclean’s (the Time Magazine of The Great White North), that cheating in university is on the rise.  Here is how the article begins:

When General Motors realized last week that its Chevrolet Cobalt coupes lacked sufficient airbag padding, it recalled 98,000 cars.  Hershet temporarily shut down an Ontario plant last November, recalling 25 types of candy because some may have been contaminated with salmonella.  And when Sony found out its laptop batteries tended to overheat and catch fire, it recalled 9.6 million packs before launching a “global replacement program.”

The article then goes on to explain in meticulous detail how  53% of Canadian university students, and probably even more American university students, admit to “serious cheating”.  And how a university diploma is a certification that a doctor or engineer has actually met the requirements that we expect of them (so that we can be sure that our heart surgery is in good hands and that the bridge won’t fall out from under us).

So how many tainted university diplomas have been recalled?  Hold on, just let me calculate that.  Carry a zero.  Carry another zero.  Just a minute.  Almost done.  Geez, it’s pretty close to zero.

You would almost think the universities are in cahoot with the cheating students.  But that’s OK, we cheat the system.  We refuse to cooperate with the cheaters.

Here is what I wrote to the Maclean’s letters to the editor just a few minutes ago:

Running a freelance writer agency, I can tell you that the second most-frequent writing request, after books, is for school papers.  We have even been requested to write PhD entry essays.  We respond to all such queries by refusing to help a student cheat himself (or herself) out of an education.