How to cheat on your college term papers and dissertations

I don’t know if this is for real, but I happened upon a website called: thanks to Statistician William Briggs (see his article here).

The unemployed professors’ motto is “So you can play while we make your papers go away.”

Here’s the deal: for a fee they will write an original paper (so you don’t have to worry about plagiarism-checking software). They apparently don’t guarantee a good grade however: “When you submit an order and make payment, you are purchasing a custom-written essay for your own non-commercial usage. All custom essays are written by freelance writers who, upon payment, transfer all rights, ownership, and copyright claims regarding the product to you. It is important to remember that essays are non-refundable and do not come with an expressed or implied warranty.”

Sadly, cheating is not confined to college. The Arizona Daily Star had a recent story about allegations that teachers in the Sunnyside School District in Tucson “directed first- and second-graders to cheat during benchmark testing.”

Is this what our society has come to? Is our current college education system a charade? What are the students going to do when they get out into the real world?