Links for 2010-11-15

  • "I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else."

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This kind of cheating has been going on for a while. One of my high school classmates was widely reputed to have "earned" the best grades money could buy (he went on to become an MD--pray you never need to go to the hospital in the county where he now lives). The internet has made it easier for ghostwriters like Mr. "Dante" to find clients, but people like him were around in my student days, and I don't see any way to eliminate the temptation.

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 15 Nov 2010 #permalink