Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Who Is Writing Your Students’ Paper?

The Shadow Scholar

The man who writes your students' papers tells his story

5713-Dante

Jonathan Barkat for The Chronicle Review

By Ed Dante

Editor's note: Ed Dante is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed. In the course of editing his article, The Chronicle reviewed correspondence Dante had with clients and some of the papers he had been paid to write. In the article published here, some details of the assignment he describes have been altered to protect the identity of the student.

The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): "You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?"

I've gotten pretty good at interpreting this kind of correspondence. The client had attached a document from her professor with details about the paper. She needed the first section in a week. Seventy-five pages.

I told her no problem.

It truly was no problem. In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.

Read the whole article.

See Ashley Thorne’s “Lessons from a Professional Paper-Writer.”

2 comments:

Pilgrim said...

Sick:

"I do a lot of work for seminary students. I like seminary students. They seem so blissfully unaware of the inherent contradiction in paying somebody to help them cheat in courses that are largely about walking in the light of God and providing an ethical model for others to follow. I have been commissioned to write many a passionate condemnation of America's moral decay as exemplified by abortion, gay marriage, or the teaching of evolution. All in all, we may presume that clerical authorities see these as a greater threat than the plagiarism committed by the future frocked."

A. B. Caneday said...

It is very sick!

As one who worked my way through two masters degrees in seminary plus a PhD I cannot fathom how one could pay someone else to research and write my papers. It was the process of researching, of writing, of engaging the issues, the ideas, the implications, and of receiving critical response and assessment that did much to mold me and to make me the man I am in Christ by God's grace.