Apparently, the modern student is a big cheater:
I find it interesting that no one ever seems to address the main reason that so many students feel no shame about cheating, cyber or otherwise, is that they know that a college education isn't about education, it's merely purchasing an employment ticket:
In a study of 1222 undergraduates, Selwyn examined differences in cybercheating levels between a variety of majors and student types. Overall results? 61.9% of students cybercheat.
And why shouldn't they? If you're not attending college to learn anything and if your professors are more interested in indoctrinating you than educating you, it stands to reason that you should act to ensure that you graduate with the best grades and the least amount of effort.
The most entertaining complainers are the professors, who like to complain about how students are finding new ways to cheat, and how difficult it is to stay ahead of the curve. I say this, because if a professor is serious about students actually learning and finding a foolproof way of testing their knowledge, there is a really simple solution at their fingertips.
All professors have to do, if they want to prevent cheating and pseudo-studying is to give out essay tests. That’s it. Make new ones for every test, make sure that there are no other ways to get a grade (like homework, “class participation,” or any other nonsense). If a student is actually doing the reading and studying the material, essay questions won’t be a problem for them. Furthermore, if the student has to face essay exams on a regular basis, than there really isn’t much need to write a paper.
Ultimately, though, when professors complain about how much students cheat, what they are really complaining about is how students are waking up to the sham that is higher “education.” Also, the professors are admitting to being lazy.