Why Do Students Feel As If They Need Them?
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a former writer for a prestigious essay writing service and his experience in the industry.
"I have witnessed the steady growth of this industry for years. When I became part of the team for Rush Essay, I thought we would be writing academic content for students with below-average capacity. I was in for a surprise. We got orders from all types of students - lazy ones who only want to find an easier way out of a messy situation, as well as really smart young people who simply couldn't find the time to do their own work.
I was convinced that students who got into Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, and other prestigious US and UK universities would work much harder than the ones admitted to "secondary" schools. In fact, they do work hard; and that is the exact reason why they cannot afford to fail. In some cases, the assignment's requirements are so complex that it's difficult for the students to understand what the real question is. The struggles of ESL students are even greater; it is nearly impossible for them to produce degree-level academic content. Since the charges for plagiarism are serious, they have to rely on essay writing services as a solution that provides unique content by the given deadline."
Some statistics - Who buys papers online?
The essay writing industry is a source of interesting statistical data. California, New York and Texas are the most popular regions where orders were coming from. Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, NYU, Columbia, University of Houston, and other institutions from these states are known for their competitive systems. A student who hopes to graduate from one of these universities usually needs to rely on "unorthodox" methods to deal with all challenges imposed by the professors. Since academic writing is becoming one of the most prominent aspects of the educational system, the constant development of the custom-writing industry is clearly justified.
The most popular types of content requested from custom-writing services are essays, research papers, and MA thesis. Students have an abundance of essays and research papers to write, so there is nothing unusual in the fact that professional writers mostly deal with these types of assignments. When it comes to subjects, students most commonly struggle with projects for Business, English language, and Management courses.
According to those within the industry, buying papers is a necessary reaction to serious underlying issues in the educational system. All college and university professors will tell you the same thing: to them, the act of purchasing papers online is no different than plagiarism. However, some argue that the issue is more complex than that claiming, that the content completed by professional writers is not plagiarized. It is completely unique, well-researched and properly-referenced. When a customer buys this type of product, he has the right to use it as a source for another paper, or simply submit it as his own. The teacher may suspect that the student didn't write a particular paper, but there is no way to prove such claims. Higher education is an industry on its own. Universities accept more applicants, including international students who don't have the needed grasp of the English language to write extraordinary academic content. On the other hand, they don't provide effective support that would enable these students to fit into the system.
The benefits of using custom-writing services are immense for foreign students. In addition, students with part-time jobs, older students who have families and those who are going through tough personal struggles simply need help to go through all challenges they face. The rapid growth of the custom-writing industry is a symptom of the great weaknesses within the educational system, which put students through a great deal of stress and emotional struggle.
What About The Moral Argument?
We all know the definition of cheating is, and simply saying that the work is more challenging for most or that they may not receive enough support from educators, or have enough time to dedicate to the work does not change the definition of cheating, or make it right in any way. Speaking from both ends of the argument, there are those that feel as if these services are creating lazy students and helping to grow an unprepared workforce.
Writing is a vital skill that is applied in many areas of life, especially for those who are entering the workforce, whether they are doing so as an employee or a business owner.
With communications being a vital skill for anyone entering the workforce, our education system recognizes this and strives to prepare our students by requiring them to improve this skill through writing assignments. By outsourcing the work, students, are depriving themselves of the opportunity to strengthen their communications and writing skills.
Are professors and teachers that difficult to reach that so many prefer to risk the stiff penalties of being caught cheating, rather than asking for help? There are many other options available for international, and any other student that may be struggling to keep up, from study groups, to programs within schools and Universities, such as writing centers. What they do require, however, is that the student actually make an effort, by simply making the decision to apply themselves.
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It is one of the biggest education conundrums of our time and one of the most hotly debated topics at university, in government and in the community. What are the advantages and disadvantages of private schools and state schools, and is the UK education system inherently unfair?
Prejudice and Advantage
Private school pupils make up only around 7% of UK students (rising to 18% at sixth form level). Yet almost 45% of successful applicants to our top Oxbridge universities are privately educated. As private schools are a hugely expensive luxury available only to the most affluent, many believe that these statistics are proof of an unfair bias towards the upper classes of UK society. In the current cabinet, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Chancellor George Osborne (among others) all attended extremely elite private schools including Eton and St. Paul’s. Yet the Ipsos Mori poll for the Independent Schools Council showed that only 57% of state school parents would choose to switch to the private system if they were able to afford to. So what are the arguments that steer parents to send their child to a state or private school?
Reasons For Private School
Class sizes tend to be much smaller at private school, with a much better teacher to student ratio. Pupils get much more one-to-one time with teachers and much greater personal attention may be given to an individual student’s particular academic needs and weaknesses. There is also often a greater amount of support for specific educational needs such as dyslexia and reading difficulties.
Alongside smaller class sizes discipline also improves accordingly. At a state school, where class sizes are much larger, it is often harder for teachers to maintain control of a large group of youngsters, whilst private schools, with fewer students in one class, tend to have much better records for discipline. This in turn translates to more quality teaching time and greater time for personal academic attention to be given to individual students.
With top private schools like Eton, Winchester and Harrow topping the academic league tables for A level and GCSE results year after year and sending vast numbers of pupils to Oxbridge, the results of academic exams speak clearly in favour of private schools. But there is much debate about the relative merits of this academic elitism, with many parents believing that a gifted and intellectual child will thrive and be successful in any school, whilst a weaker child may benefit from the extra academic attention at a private school.
Some religious parents choose a private school because it belongs to a particular denomination and their children will regularly attend services. But whilst most private schools hold regular chapel services, it is now fairly unusual for pupils to attend for religious reasons.
Extra – Curricular Activities
Many private schools offer an excellent range of sporting, musical and dramatic extra-curricular activities, with trips abroad to practise modern languages and frequent visits to museums and the theatre. Although the price tag that accompanies these treats is eye-watering, many parents are willing to pay to provide their children with these broadening cultural experiences.
Reasons For State School
There is a strong general feeling that private schools are elitist and ‘posh’, with many denouncing those who attend them as ‘toffs’, a charge often levelled at David Cameron. Those who attend private schools often face accusations of snobbery and arrogance, and there is a well-documented problem of private school pupils being bullied on their way home as they are identified by their obligatory school uniforms. Some parents feel that this is too high a price to pay for academic advantage, particularly if it will influence others against their children in later life.
Many modern parents are concerned with the breadth and complexity of their children’s social experiences, and feel it is important for them to mix and socialise with others from all cultural backgrounds from a young age. They feel strongly that meeting and befriending young people from all cultures, religions and economic backgrounds is essential to creating a fair, unprejudiced outlook on life.
Due to the inherent bias against state school pupils in an education system which favours those who can pay for better teaching, many parents feel strongly that the UK system is unfair and should be changed. It is common for these parents to send their own children to state schools as a matter of principle even if they are financially able to choose private schools if they wanted to.
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