I wrote papers for students for ten years. I helped them cheat and I made a living doing it. Not a great living, but a living nonetheless. Now, I'm retired from paper-writing and telling you about my sordid past.
The "cheating epidemic" is upon us. And it is everywhere. From our high schools, to our most hallowed institutions, to our venerable newspapers, to our best-selling authors. Cheaters are omnipresent. Quick -- cover your answers!
According to a survey of 24,000 high school students in grades 9-12, 95% of students said they cheated during the course of their education, ranging from letting somebody copy their homework to cheating on tests.
Working in the public trust must remain profound work. It has to mean an understanding that your work matters more than making widgets, and that the seriousness of purpose with which you undertake your work must matter.