Is The Fox Guarding the Hen House?

Cheating in K-12 education appears to be a serious problem.  Addressing that problem may not be helped by the allegations in this Chronicle of Higher Education piece that education students are themselves frequent cheaters.

The piece is written by Ed Dante, which the editors note “is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed.”

Here’s the money quote:

it’s hard to determine which course of study is most infested with cheating. But I’d say education is the worst. I’ve written papers for students in elementary-education programs, special-education majors, and ESL-training courses. I’ve written lesson plans for aspiring high-school teachers, and I’ve synthesized reports from notes that customers have taken during classroom observations. I’ve written essays for those studying to become school administrators, and I’ve completed theses for those on course to become principals. In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence community is infiltrated by double agents. (Future educators of America, I know who you are.)

(HT to SB)

7 Responses to Is The Fox Guarding the Hen House?

  1. SB says:

    This may be a small clue as to why some teachers are hostile towards reading/writing tests . . . .

  2. Greg Forster says:

    Pardon me for asking, but . . . this person admits that he makes a living by helping people cheat. So we can trust what he says – why?

  3. SB says:

    Well, if you want to know what these folks are up to, who else are you going to ask?

  4. The Chronicle reviewed his emails and files to provide some due diligence that his claims are true.

  5. Jim Reed says:

    It is time we start putting some integrity into our education and hiring processes. Unfortunately, every university I have been a part of has very strict rules concerning cheating and plagiarism, but it fails to catch people like this.

  6. Dunno ’bout other subjects, but I learned after a few years as a classroom teacher how to communicate the assigned year’s worth of Math curriculum in 36 weeks of four periods per week, fifty minutes per period. I did not need to assign homework. Teachers cannot fairly grade work that they do not see their students do. If we invite students to cheat, and create strong incentives to cheat, are we not complicit in their cheating? Indeed, if we are older and supposedly wiser, are we not more guilty than the children we mislead into error?

  7. Tim says:

    Stumbled across your blog after perusing your book “Education Myths.” Interesting stuff.

    A side note: My wife is a teacher at a University in Arkansas and has encountered several cases of cheating (mostly plagiarism) perpetrated by freshmen. Many have said that it was “OK in highschool” ….

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