The Shadow Scholar

Summary 1 addressing one of the deans of Emory College:

The shadow scholar, Ed Dante, has written more of your students’ papers than you may realize. I recently read an article by Ed Dante who spends his days writing papers for other people. While writing papers for students, Dante could be posing as anyone from a Ph.D. student to a lazy undergraduate. Dante is able to make this business profitable with an average salary of $66,000 per year writing about 5000 pages of scholarly papers. What about our education system has allowed this to happen? Considering last year the New York Times reported that about 61% of undergraduates admitted to cheating, there must be a fundamental problem with the current educational system in the United States. Although there is no solution to this problem and these questions can only be rhetorical for now, we must consider ways to fix this problem in order to keep students honest. Without honesty in schools now, how can students be expected to thrive in a workplace where they are expected to do their own work?

Summary 2 addressing your 13-year-old brother, sister or cousin:

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about how often cheating happens in schools but the other day I read an article that made me realize how serious the problem is. In the article The Shadow Scholar, Ed Dante writes about his job and how he writes papers for people in college who are too lazy or incompetent to do their own work. Honestly, what these students write to him is absurd. One of them emailed him saying “you did me business propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?” I know that you know how to write better than that and you’re probably 7 years younger than the girl who wrote that email. And to make it worse the man who writes all of these essays for the students is making more money than basically all of your teachers. Anyways, keep up the good work in school and don’t become one of these students. I promise the work will be worth it!

Summary 3 addressing the general public:

Everyone cheats. Everyone lies. This man tells all about writing college papers. http://chronicle.com/article/The-Shadow-Scholar/125329/

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