Essay mills undermine students’ achievement

More and more students are buying themselves a university diploma. It’s not cheap but it certainly is easy. Yet another article about essay mills (Daniel Maxwell, Asian Correspondant, ‘Essay mills’ damage academic standards, undermine learner achievement) laments the fact that students are not learning as much as they could if they wrote their own papers. One solution proposed is the criminalization of buying a paper and submitting it as your own. « University students caught submitting essays they bought online will be fined and receive a criminal record ».

So much time, money and effort will be spent trying to catch these students. Let’s spend the money trying to teach them how to write instead. Let’s invest in writing centers, tutorials and students will develop the skills to write their own papers…


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