Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Who Writes Papers that Students Plagiarize?

Meet the  “shadow  scholar,” a writer who makes a living writing papers on behalf of students, maybe our students. From the Chronicle of  Higher Education.

 Here’s the introduction:

The Shadow Scholar

The man who writes your students' papers tells his story

 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.




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