When red-hot cheating is cool

A learned reader points to a bunch of YouTube stars promoting essay writing service EduBirdie, reviewed for the Australian market here (The BBC has just pinged the product).  “It’s hardly surprising that students have such difficulty grasping academic integrity when their YouTube idols are promoting contract cheating as ‘cool’. Lecturers simply cannot compete with entertainers in this regard and have a challenging time trying to inculcate very different cultural standards in their students,” the learned reader ruefully remarks.  Making contract cheating an offence under law, as outlined by UNSW’s Alex Steel (CMM April 4) might help.


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