The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a sad but interesting story on the high-tech cheating industry, specifically, the websites that write papers for your students.  Accompanying video explaining how the essay mills work is here. As the author of the article Thomas Bartlett notes, the web made this industry inevitable, but what is fascinating are the quotes from students rationalizing their dishonesty.  My favorite, given without a trace of irony:

Mickey Tomar paid Essay Writers $100 to research and write a paper on the parables of Jesus Christ for his New Testament class. Mr. Tomar, a senior at James Madison University majoring in philosophy and religion, defends the idea of paying someone else to do your academic work, comparing it to companies that outsource labor. “Like most people in college, you don’t have time to do research on some of these things,” he says. “I was hoping to find a guy to do some good quality writing.”

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