The web is full of contractors, vendors who advertise their services. I’m trying to find a cleaning lady and a friend is renovating her basement. Both of us have found people to help us through the web. That’s great. But what about the student who needs help with writing an academic paper. Lots of help on the web also… Jeremy Massler (BuzzFeedNews, March 2016) in his article New Services Make Cheating Easier Than Ever For Students, presents a service called PrestoExperts.
« PrestoExperts is an online expert marketplace. The site has more than 30,000 independent freelancers who provide 24/7 advice in a variety of categories beyond just education: There are registered experts in counseling, health, law, technology, and finance ».
The article is filled with information and statistics that explain why this type of service is illegal and very detrimental to students. Why write a paper and learn something when you can pay 20$ for someone else to do it for you? There are as many as 100 requests per day on the website. And that is only one website… That is a lot of students who are not doing their work, who are not learning what they should be and who will one day be your doctor, your lawyer, your accountant, your child’s teacher… Scary!