Comparing the G7 Educational Systems Part-1

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The term G7 sounds like a computer chip, but it is actually a nickname for the “Group of 7” countries: The U.S., Japan, France, Germany, Italy, U.K., and Canada. Famous for their higher levels of economic development compared to other nations, these countries also have highly developed educational systems. If you want to work in one of these nations, you would do well to familiarize yourself with their educational systems, since a degree from one of these systems will improve your odds of being able to work in these countries.

                In the United States, schools exist in three main forms: primary, secondary, and post-secondary (or tertiary). Primary generally runs from kindergarten to around grade 8. Then, all students go to secondary, commonly known as high school, which is usually grades 9-12. The states have wide latitude for outlining their requirements, and there is a significant amount of standardized testing, which varies based on the city, state, and national mandates at the time. Due to the No Child Left Behind Act, all states must test children, but there is no major national test required. You have probably heard of the SAT or ACT, but these tests are generally given to assess college readiness – they are not school-leaving requirements. Upon leaving high school, students who want to continue their educations have a wide range of options [[LINK TO BLOG ABOUT IVY vs COMMUNITY COLLEGE}.  Most areas have community colleges, or junior colleges that allow students to take prerequisite courses. All states have public institutions funded in part by the state (though nationwide, state appropriations have been declining rapidly). Two-year degrees are called Associate’s degrees, and four-year degrees are usually called bachelor’s degrees. While these degrees are often completed in 2 or 4 years, many people may take longer due to changing their area of study. The area of study a student chooses is usually called a “major,” and he or she can have the option of supplementing it with a “minor.” The type of degree a school can award is based on its accreditation. Private schools are the same, although the majority offer four-year degrees. These schools, generally far more expensive than public ones, are not generally funded by the state, although they may receive federal student funds for students eligible for financial aid. After the four-year degree, some institutions offer master’s or doctoral degrees. Master’s degrees are usually two to three years, and doctoral degrees vary widely. Education in the United States is highly diverse and politicized, and changing rapidly. Citizens of the United States are largely very dissatisfied with the cost of higher education and the diminishing job opportunities available to college graduates. The situation may change rapidly in the next few years.

                Meanwhile, across the pond in the United Kingdom, the higher education system is fed into by the national education system. Students in the UK achieve further education qualifications like the A-levels, the International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, or qualifications from abroad that allow them to enter university. There are two main forms of higher education in the UK: Undergraduate and postgraduate. Undergraduate education includes bachelor’s degrees, which are similar to those of the U.S. except they generally take three, not four years to complete. Degrees also have distinctions such as ordinary or Honours. Undergraduate degrees are classified as follows: First class honours (a “first”), second class honours, upper division (2:1), second class honours, lower division (2:2), third class honours (a “third”), or an ordinary degree (a pass). The higher the class of honours, the greater one’s academic distinction. The honours system is generally used for three-year undergraduate degrees.

Another UK degree is the Foundation degree, which is awarded after the first two years of an Honours degree. However, it includes work-based learning sponsored by an employer. A student’s area of study is known as a course. A DipHE (or Diploma of Higher Education) course is roughly akin to the American Associate’s degree in that it is a two-year, foundational degree (though not a Foundation degree) and can be used to transfer into a four-year course. These, too, are often job-related. Common fields for this degree include nursing and social work. A certificate of Higher Education is equivalent to the first year of an Honours degree, and are considered the most basic post-secondary educational qualification. They can be used to transfer into university-level studies, or for career changes. Finally, a Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two-year course that can, with enough success, lead to a third-year of the degree. These different diplomas comprise the various offerings at the undergraduate level, but the postgraduate level has its own opportunities. For example, there are master’s degree courses, MBA courses, PhD’s / doctorates (only available for those who achieve at least a 2:1 result), and numerous postgraduate diplomas and qualifications. Professional and vocational qualifications are available, as are conversion courses. Although the UK is smaller than the US, there are still numerous educational opportunities in a variety of topics.

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Differences Between Ivy League and Community Colleges

Differences between ivy league and community colleges

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Picking a college is overwhelming enough – even more so if you consider the fact that in the United States, there were 6,742 colleges (including two-year, four-year, and other) as of 2009. What are the different types of colleges? Where should you even start looking?

                Everyone has heard of Harvard. The myth stands tall in an ivory tower looming over people’s perceptions of their futures; Harvard is so famous that it is far more than a university. Harvard is part of the Ivy League, which is actually a collegiate sports conference comprising what are arguably the eight most prestigious private schools in the United States: Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Penn (The University of Pennsylvania), and Cornell. These schools are famous for their centuries-long histories, the historical leaders they’ve produced, their cutting-edge research, their cut-throat admissions, and of course, their jaw-dropping tuition price tags. Many people take it as a given that once someone gets into the Ivy League, they’re “set for life.” It cannot be denied that rubbing elbows or at least playing beer pong with tomorrow’s leaders will build one’s network in a way that is hard to rival. On the other hand, increasing numbers of accepted Ivy Leaguers are turning down admissions offers due to sticker-shock at the $50,000+ price tags. 

                At the other end of the educational spectrum are community colleges. In the United States, these educational institutions – also known as junior colleges or technical colleges – have largely open enrolment. In some ways, they have become community centers, as they now teach basic skills, ESL, vocational topics, and even personal enrichment classes such as art. Unlike traditional four-year schools, these colleges generally have no dorms and often cater to the scheduling needs of working students. But don’t write off these schools – community colleges mint very successful people too, and some Ivy League grads don’t go on to fame and fortune. For example, some famous community college alums include Walt Disney, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, former Congressman Jim Wright (who, in true politician style, resigned in disgrace due to the savings & loan scandals), perennial presidential candidate Ross Perot, actor James Dean, journalist Jim Lehrer, actor Clint Eastwood, director George Lucas, Billy Crystal, and, of course, Sarah Palin, to name only a few. Humbler and more bare-bones than their Ivy League cousins, community colleges are great places to get prerequisite classes out of the way or explore courses in a few majors you can’t decide among.

                Complicating things still further is the fact that in between your local community college and Harvard lie thousands of high-quality educational institutions, each of which would love to have you as a student (and would love to cash your tuition checks). Whether you pick Princeton, Harvard or Nowheresville Community College, what you get out of your education and network is proportional to the effort you put into it.

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Salary Expectations for Various Degrees

Salary expectations for various degrees

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Everyone loves to speculate on the “best” and “worst” majors. Recently, Payscale.com and Yahoo! released a list of the 10 “worst” majors, ranking them on the basis of how many students with these degrees are underemployed. These majors included perennial punching bags, such as English and the liberal arts, as well as more surprising picks, such as economics and business administration.

Payscale.com ranked the top “Majors that Pay You Back” which included Petroleum Engineering, Actuarial Mathematics, Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering. At the other end of the scale, the top 10 worst majors for salary potential included Child & Family Studies, Elementary Education, Social Work, Athletic Training, Human Development, Special Education, Biblical Studies, Horticulture, Exercise Science, and Culinary Arts. These lists can be useful, and if you want to make the big bucks, you can think about which flavour of engineering interests you the most! However, it’s important to keep in mind that each of these lists concerns only medians – and Payscale.com’s methodology excludes advanced degrees. Struggling to major in something you hate might prove more difficult than succeeding at something you’re interested in and passionate about. Often, people switch careers many times in this day and age. Your major is not your fate, nor is it your destiny. I’ve known many students who went on to work in very different fields, or who switched fields entirely for grad school and transformed yet again in their professional lives. At the same time, however, you need to be realistic. You are far more likely to land a solid job if you establish yourself as an extraordinary student (Or even as a merely above-average one!) in a “mid-payscale” major than if you are a below-average student in a big-bucks major.

                Ultimately, it’s hard to develop passion for something you only feel “meh” about (if you doubt this, try dating someone you’re not attracted to). And it can be very easy to succeed at something you care about. How can you increase your odds of landing a decent job? No matter what major you choose, be an extraordinary student. Prepare well (LINK TO OTHER BLOG). Ask for help if you need it. Carve out opportunities for yourself: it’s easy to stop being a student when you leave class, but understand that you are laying the groundwork for your future when you’re in school. Spend your spare time reading up on your field and searching for as many opportunities as you can. Network by establishing relationships with your professors (no, not that kind of relationship). Use your school breaks and summers wisely. Not everyone can afford to work for free as an intern, but everybody should spend some time during their breaks tweaking their resume, searching for scholarships and grants, staying informed about the latest developments in their fields, or even just getting ahead on reading. One great way to network and learn more about your field is to attend a professional conference. While conferences are seldom cheap, student rates are often available, and sometimes you can even get in for free if you offer to volunteer. It’s a great resume-builder, a great networking opportunity, and one way to hedge the bet you’re making on your future. At these events, you can see the latest research, hear panels on professional development, and even put in “face time” with the famous authors of your textbooks! I can’t say it enough: Your major’s salary potential is not your fate. Life is full of surprises. However, you can increase your chances of landing a great job by maximizing your success in school – whether you’re majoring in petroleum engineering or culinary arts.

 

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First Semester: How to Prepare and What to Expect

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The beginning of anything can be a scary process. The first semester of school can be overwhelming, since it usually means its’ the first time you live away from home and are paying for your education. The stakes are high. But even if you’re a veteran student, read on for some tips on how to prepare and what to expect. That way, if this is your first semester or your fiftieth (hey, no judging), you’ll make this term the best one yet.

The most important ways to prepare for the first semester are to reduce surprises, be organized, and be proactive. What does this mean? Visit the bookstore as soon as you know what classes you’re taking, and look for the books you’re required to buy. If necessary, email your professors and ask if an older version of the book will suffice – this can save you big bucks! Remember, the earlier you investigate your books, the better your odds of getting a deal on a used copy! Don’t be afraid to email your professor or TA, even if just to introduce yourself. Talk to some returning students and ask about things like shortcuts across campus (valuable if you oversleep!), best places to get used books, and of course, the classes and professors they’d recommend! Remember, it’s the little things that can really wreck your day: showing up late to class, going to the wrong building or classroom, or parking in the wrong place. These minor mishaps can chip away at your motivation and academic success.

The day before classes begin, walk to each of your classrooms. Make sure you know where each is, and get an idea for how long it will take you to “commute” from your dorm or home to class. Scope out parking and make sure you understand campus parking policies if you’re driving – nothing’s worse than coming back to your car after a long day to find a parking ticket! Be sure to clarify if any buildings have similar names (for example, East Hall and West Hall). Look at the classrooms and ask yourself where you think you should sit to be as successful as possible. Do you feel inspired if you can see your professor’s nose hair? Do you concentrate better in the back of a lecture hall? Is there a loud, throbbing heater on the left side of your classroom? Develop a first-day game plan! Also, if you’re a procrastinator, make sure you know where all the university computer labs are, and their printing policies. Many professors – myself included – have zero tolerance for printing or computer mishaps, so you’ll want to be sure your assignments are printed and ready to go. You’ll want a backup plan in case your printer malfunctions or you just forget to buy more paper. Many universities give you a certain number of free pages printed each term anyway, so maybe you can skip buying the ink and get some beer instead.

On the first day of classes, don’t just sit and listen to your professor yammer about the class. Look at the syllabus. Write down due dates for major assignments and exams now – and program them into your phone! You might even want to “trick” yourself by programming in a due date that’s a little earlier to ensure you don’t miss a deadline. Enter in reading assignments, too, and if there’s a day with no reading or assignments, get ahead! It might take a couple hours to enter every due date for every assignment, but not missing deadlines will pay off in the end. Network, too! The first day is a good day to scope out your classmates. Don’t just look for the most attractive person. Consider who might be a useful contact if you miss class or have to do a group project. The geek in the back might really be helpful.

During the first week, or as soon as you can, meet with your advisor. Each school advises its students differently, but no matter what, make sure that you understand what credits you will earn this term and where you’re at in terms of graduation timelines. Ask what requirements you are fulfilling and which remain. Have your advisor run through a variety of scenarios with you so you know what your options are and you know what the consequences of your choices are. Be proactive! After all, this isn’t just school. It is your future. By making sure you are organized and proactive, reducing the possibility of surprises, and asking for help when you need it, you can be prepared for success this semester – and every other term.

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How to Buy a Term Paper

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• What to look for in an author
• What should you expect to pay
• Could I get caught
• Does the site assure your privacy
• What degree of quality should I expect

Not many people talk about how to buy a term paper. The process itself may seem cloaked in mystery – something totally transgressive. After all, you can’t exactly ask your teachers or professors – or sometimes even your friends – how to go about buying a paper. But today, I am going to shed light on this mystery and talk about the process.
On our site, the process of buying a paper begins with bidding. You post a project, and we desperate, shivering, starving, borderline autistic professors place a bid. How to pick the best professor? Obviously I think you should pick me, but if we’re going to be objective, you should pay attention to how the bidders communicate with you during the bidding process.

Do they attach notes to their bids, such as qualifications, questions, or ideas? Do they follow up on their bid and offer more information or questions? Do they respond in a timely manner if you have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask potential writers what direction they will go in with the piece, and don’t be afraid to ask them if they’ve done similar work. For obvious reasons, we’re not going to send you our resumes, and we can’t always send prior work (privacy concerns), but your ideal writer would offer experience. On our site, the writers have profiles that outline their areas of expertise, as well as feedback from prior clients.

Then your next step is to pick the winner. Of course, on all sites, you can evaluate prices (or bids if the site uses a bidding system). Obviously, many people want to pay the least amount possible. This makes a lot of sense – you’re already paying through the nose for college; why pay more? However, in many ways in life, you get what you pay for. After all, if your writer is worth his salt, he’s an expert with a degree and a ton of experience. He’s able to get sources you need. And if he is really a professor, he is sort of putting his ass on the line for you due to the unethical nature of his using his education to earn money at a fair wage.

Therefore, a minimum of $20-$25 a page is average. If other people charge less, you should proceed with caution: no offense to our fine friends around the globe, but very low prices can be a red flag that the writer lives in a country with a very low cost of living and may not have reliable Internet access, English skills, or experience. Especially if your paper is due in fewer than 24 hours, you should expect to pay a premium.

Unfortunately, few paper writing services actually offer time machine services at this time, so the best we can do if something is due yesterday is to motivate staff with decent pay. For urgent jobs, you can expect as much as $50 a page. Here’s the life lesson for this paragraph: Planning ahead will save you money!

Of course, we also understand buying a paper is a nerve-wracking process. Sometimes clients anxiously ask, “Could I get caught if I buy a term paper?” Nothing in life is without risk, but a 100% original, custom-written term paper is going to pass Turnitin.com. Some customers provide writing samples to their writer so he or she can try to sound like you. Others take a day or so and edit the paper so they feel comfortable putting their name on it. Still others bring it to their course director, TA, etc., for comments and revisions.

I can’t speak for our competitors, but the large number of repeat clients on UnemployedProfessors would seem to serve as useful data that nobody is getting “caught.” After all, technically speaking, you are only purchasing a sample paper. In that vein, the site protects your privacy as well as the writer’s. The logins are secure, payment methods are encrypted, and frankly, the less we know about you, the better. To get some extra peace of mind, you might want to omit your name or identifying information from anything you upload (e.g., a syllabus or emails from your professor). We can’t speak for our competitors, but most of the time, writers on our site never even learn your name (unless you use your real name as a username…which…okay, if you want to, that’s cool).

Now for the question you really want answered. What degree of quality should I expect from a paper I buy? The answer for our clients tends to be “The highest, duh!” Some clients want something that’s “good, but not too good.” In any case, communication is key. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your writer, and even after the project is uploaded, most writers are willing to do a round or two of revisions. Also, keep in mind that the finished product will be largely affected by the information you give your writer. If your professor specifically said not to make a certain argument or to definitely use a particular source, tell your writer.

Hopefully this overview has helped you get a better idea of what to expect when you decide to buy a term paper.

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Unemployed Professors is Hiring

Hello Academic Writers,

hope this finds you well,

 UP holdings is proudly launching its most recent revamped website in the ghost writing business by the beginning of Sept and would like to invite you to be one of the “professors” writers for the firm.

 The new remodelled website (we’ve been in business for a long time) is presently in its final phase of development and already started running a Beta test version. The venture will be operated under the copyrighted brand Unemployed Professors just like now with total online operations on www.UnemployedProfessors.com. There’s an ingenious content and story behind the brand that will be communicated to our client students. Unemployed Professor is the character behind this splendidly put marketing scheme; who is an intellectually snob mercenary. The content of the site is satirical and comically put with the professor’s sharp wit.

 Modus Operandi: 1) The students will visit the site and post their projects. 2) An automatic email will be sent to all the professors (Writers) who have been hired and are part of our team. 3) The professors will bid on the project (if he/she choses to of course). 4) The student chooses a winner and grants the project to a professor of his choice.

 We hire only graduate degree holders willing to demonstrate continuous dedication, marked responsibility, and to maintain high standards when working for the top academic assistance company on the market. If you’re certain you meet these criteria, and are seeking a highly paid freelance writing job, please get back to us with your full name, a recent resume and sample writing, in order for the team here to go over it.

 The management team here doubtlessly foresees the problem of demand exceeding the supply; nevertheless, our hiring procedures will be scrupulous and highly stringent and illiberal. We are promoting “crème de la crème” writers to our students hence the rigid conformity to requirements and the firm’s principles.

Our benefits

  • Choose from hundreds of orders added every day
  • Decide your own compensation when bidding for each order
  • Work whenever YOU want
  • Directly communicate with students through a private chat forum
  • Choose only papers/projects YOU feel like working on
  • Rate your clients after each completed project, just as they rate you
  • Get paid as soon as the project is uploaded to the client

WE DO NOT HAVE SET PRICES FOR ORDERS – DECIDE YOUR PRICE – GET PAID INSTANTAEOUSLY 

contact info@unemployedprofessors.com for employment

 Thanks in advance,

The Unemployed Professors team

 

Rebuttal : “Don’t feel like writing that essay? Pay an unemployed Professor to do it for you”

Unemployed Professors Student Writing ServicesIt’s tough being an Unemployed Professor. First, you’re a professor, so you automatically have bad hair, worse clothes, terrible taste in music, a family to support, and, most likely, an impressive pile of student loans to pay off. Second, you’re unemployed, so your ivory tower is basically a tattered cardboard box under a campus bridge. And third, you get a lot of hate when you decide to take the corporate approach to the university to its logical conclusion because you need to pay your bills. Well, haters gonna hate. Last year’s article by Nadine Kalinauskas is one such example of the animosity heaped onto us Unemployed Professors.

The article describes the effect of this site by claiming it diminishes the value of a university degree, asserting that our plucky little start-up is singlehandedly diminishing the incredible, life-changing value of a four-year degree. This prospect is laughable, considering we are applying our devalued postgraduate university degrees to do one of the few things we are really, really good at (e.g., writing and researching). The university system has already failed us professors. Truly, the world seems shocked by the power of the pen (or keyboard, or stylus, or whatever the kids are paying us to use these days).

But for the moment, let’s ignore the plight of the professoriate; today, let’s look at the students. Other writers have described the types of students who have used similar services. Let’s think about this. Is the North American university pocketing tens of thousands of dollars for the foreign student with no English skills not devaluing its own degrees? What about the university whose students are forced to complete meaningless busywork to fulfill breadth requirements? What about the university supporting “students” on sports teams who are shuffled into what I will politely call lightweight majors, who have an army of personal tutors and other attendants essentially or literally doing their work for them? Is the university truly helping the token first generation admits, who have no idea how to function in a college or university setting and are left to drift, alone?

Thanks for the credit, Nadine, but we are simply humble Unemployed Professors, not wizards. If we could value and devalue things with our magisterial essay writing skills, we would be applying those skills to the stock market, not universities.

As an Official Unemployed Professor, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the tears and sweat pouring off late-night messages from students whose professors won’t answer their questions or meet with them. I’ve squinted in befuddlement at unnecessarily complicated, poorly written instructions for assignments and term papers that required things like 10 secondary sources in a 3 page paper that also meaningfully discusses two novels. I’ve tried to make sense of feedback on papers that consisted entirely of check marks and inscrutable squiggles. I’ve helped students write emails to deans so they could contest grades and complain about professors who never came to office hours.  I have been asked to read, critique and edit a student’s term paper before submission; these students take their work seriously and in the process, they learn to be better writers. It is wrong to surmise that I create papers and that the student simply delivers the final work; the process is usually extremely beneficial to the student. If used as intended, Unemployed Professors offers students the chance of having a mentor that actually shows up and truly cares!

The problem is not entirely with us. The problem is not entirely with the students who request our services (and, for the record, these students also agree to abide by our terms and conditions). The problem is not even entirely with the Gainfully Employed Professors. If anything, we Unemployed Professors should be celebrated for our ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to monetize our skills. If we are going to live in a society that values profit and only profit, then we need to acknowledge and prize all institutions that turn a profit. That includes both universities and service industries that are ancillary to the university, like late-night pizza delivery, laundry services, used textbook exchanges, outline banks, or Unemployed Professors.

Demonizing the Unemployed Professors is not the solution. Removing the profit motive from education is. Since that will never happen, we remain in an incredibly competitive educational and professional context – and our site prides itself on helping students remain on the playing field of a highly corrupt system. By providing model, sample assignments, we help students obtain the credential they need to compete in today’s world– just like test prep classes, just like tutors, just like study aids.

If you’re a student, consider how we might help you (we offer a wide variety of student writing services that goes beyond providing model assignments). If you’re an administrator of a university, consider what you’re doing to ensure that we exist. And if you’re someone looking to point fingers, look at the larger context we all live in.

Deleuzienne’s tips for college term paper writing


A while back, my colleague Professor Rogue noted, astutely, that you can’t really beat TurnitIn.com – it’s like death and taxes. Like death and taxes, term paper season has come upon us once again, leaving many a student to ask, “How can I beat TurnItIn? How can I write an awesome, A+ paper? How can I get an A on this paper?”

Since I taught college for so many years, I wanted to use this blog post to offer my best tips for paper writing. When I teach, if my students do these things, they generally get an A: this is basically how to get an A paper in Deleuzienne’s class.

 

  1. Sources. Half the battle is having good backup troops, right? You need good sources. Your professor probably has a tattoo on his ugly mug saying “NO WIKIPEDIA,” but beyond that, don’t use content farms like eHow, HowStuffWorks, etc. If the site pays anyone to write “content” – with one notable exception – it’s not a good source. Sometimes the only way to do it is to man up and delve into the library, that moldy, dusty building where the nerds hang out (and occasionally, where they film the porn). Sometimes you just need to log on. Those databases cost a fortune and that’s where about .001% of your tuition goes to, so make friends with them. EBSCOhost, JSTOR, PsychOnline, whatever. If it’s not published in a peer-review journal, don’t bother. The good news: You can often get the gist of an article from the “abstract,” a brief summary that appears at the beginning of the article. Sometimes that’s all you really need to read!
  2. Citations. Sometimes, the most important part of an assignment isn’t what you have to say or how you say it: it’s your adherence to whatever obscure style reminds your professor of his glory days in the Ivy League. Lots of professors might only care about how well you cite sources and whether you get the commas and periods and dashes and italics right in the works cited. However, do not despair. There are numerous options for creating perfect citations. One is to ask for some help. Another is to use an auto citation generator, like EasyBib.com.  Finally, some word processors even have citation management tools.
  3.  A strong thesis. In general, what you argue is less important than how you argue it, but to get an A paper, your professor should know exactly what you argue in the paper. Some students seem afraid to argue anything they think the professor will disagree with. While we all love to have our egos stroked this way – it is why we became professors – it doesn’t really matter.
  4. Good structure. This sounds like a no-brainer, but the students who get A’s in my classes don’t reinvent the wheel. Intro, main points, conclusion and out. No meandering, no digressions, no FDA-approved textual filler.
  5. Good use of sources. This might be the hardest. You need to use your troops strategically, right? So deploy them in a strategic way. Have front line sources, backup sources, mechanical robot with machine gun sources that take out your opponent. Massage them in with a rhetorical flourish that would make Derrida giggle. And all professors can spot gratuitous quotes from a mile away, so don’t do that.
  6. Good writing. This is easier said than done (or written, I suppose), and I know that it’s difficult for many people – it’s why you might want to get help. Often, universities will have a writing center where the nice employees will read over your paper and offer suggestions (though they seldom offer proofreading). I can’t speak for all of my colleagues, and I’m no grammar Nazi. If a paper is good overall, I can look the other way for some misused commas or a couple typos. But then again, if your writing has so many errors I can’t figure out what you mean, we have an issue, because I will always assume you mean the dumbest possible option.
  7. Nice presentation throughout. If I want to put on gloves and scrub with Purell before touching your paper, it doesn’t bode well for my general disposition as I read. Clean paper, clean printing, and professional formatting all go a long way.
  8. Stay in contact with your professor. Your professor rarely leaves the house and has no friends, so he or she anxiously awaits your emails. All right, maybe that’s a big of an exaggeration, but run some ideas by him or her. Take note of the comments. Do what he or she or he says, since they’re the one grading you.

 

Of course, a Benjamin discretely paper-clipped to the last page doesn’t hurt, either, but nobody’s tried that in any of my classes. Yet. And if you’re spending big on bribing the professor, why not hedge your bet and have a pro help you out?

Rogue Commentary: On the Nobility of Whistleblowing

Recent revelations by Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor come whistleblower, are deeply disturbing vis-à-vis the continued legitimacy of American democracy. While the War on Terror has most certainly created a context in which Americans are increasingly willing to make sacrifices in the name of ostensible security; the scope of the information collected by the NSA defies belief. What is perhaps most surprising, in a political context where both the right and left wings of the domestic political spectrum are increasingly clamoring for constitutional rights, from those pertaining to guns to those pertaining to abortion, is the fact that public outcry regarding this surveillance has been minimal. Indeed, some polls have shown that a majority of Americans support the continuation of this surveillance, in spite of the Fourth Amendment, as long as it provides them with this all-too-quixotic notion of security.

Back when I used to teach, it was important for me to emphasize to my students that a significant difference exists between “procedural” and “substantive” democracy. The former, premised on little more than the holding of elections and the relative freedom of the act of voting itself, represents something that we all take for granted, and which does not truly embody the egalitarianism and ethical governance which we must associate with democracy. Rather, true substantive democracy is somewhat akin to a vessel, in which rights, themselves derived from the social contract, are provided to all, regardless of subjectivity, and held as absolute standards beyond which government cannot and should not stray. If this is indeed what democracy should be, and there is no indication to suggest that it should not aspire to this, America has failed.

From the questionable invasion of Iraq which occurred under Bush 43 in 2003, to the targeted extra-judicial assassinations which have been embraced by President Obama in the current day, this ongoing NSA surveillance is nothing but an additional nail in the coffin of substantive and substantial American democracy. In this context, what is even more surprising is the lack of outcry on the part of the people. If a nation is made up of nothing more than sheep, blindly following the lead of an unknown and unknowable vector promising security; how is it possible for critical or rational thought to take place? Indeed, America is adrift. In the first episode of Aaron Sorkin’s television program “The Newsroom,” protagonist Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, cries out that “America is not the greatest country in the world… but it can be.” Based on the mass’ recent response to these revelations about government spying, America’s potential is no longer clear. How can a nation be great if it does not aspire to see the Constitutional protections afforded to it by its own founding documents respected by its government?

Beyond this, the scorn which has been reserved for Snowden himself, from cries of treason to calls for his death, are anathema to the spirit of democracy, and to the tradition of whistleblowing, emblematized by men like Bernstein, Woodward, Manning and Ellsberg, which lay at the core of recent American history. With the American government having taken significant and dubious action from the period right prior to the Vietnam War until the current day, American is dependent upon whistleblowers, and the Fourth Estate more broadly, so as to ensure that its government officials are held to account. With the Presidency becoming more imperial every single day, men like Snowden are necessary if America’s democracy is to be more than procedural.

In the end, America may very well have lost its way. Adrift in a War on Terror with no clear endgame, killing its own citizens via drone strikes, and now spying on its own citizens, the idea of America has clearly become more than the sum of its parts.

Is Buying a Term Paper Unethical?

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You’re sure as shit right it is; there’s nothing ethical about buying a term paper, and there sure as hell isn’t anything ethical about having an unemployed or underemployed professor write one for you.

That said, there’s a perverse logic to buying a term paper from a purveyor like this one. Look at it this way – the MBAs, PhDs and other graduate-degree holding ninjas who work for us were given one promise when they entered their programs – “son, you’re not going to have any trouble finding a job when you get out of here.” Let’s face it – that was a load of bull. While there’s certainly a case to be made that the American and Canadian academies overproduce PhDs (and they do), this pernicious dynamic is also beginning to spread down into undergraduate education.

You know what that means? You don’t just need good grades to succeed anymore; that ain’t going to cut it. You’re going to need connections, a network, and the type of padded resume that you probably won’t have the time to build if you spend your time writing papers that are intended, for all intents and purposes, to be nothing more than busy work. That’s where the unemployed professors come in. When you buy a term paper from us, you can be certain that you’re getting A-level material, and that you’re not going to have waste ten hours cranking out twelve pages. Instead, you’ll pay some dollars, while partying or building that all important network and you’ll have your term paper, custom written, deposited in your account prior to your due date.

Most importantly, buying a custom term paper will free up your time. Some of you have it made, and will be able to spend that time partying until you puke, as your networks are probably already complete. For others, though, you’ll spend the time that you’ve saved becoming a commodity, by building up that network, and getting your nose as brown as you possibly can. Because, let’s face it, the same way that we’re transforming education into a commodity, you need to become one if you’re going to succeed outside of school. Given that you can only be in three places at a time, rather than six, you need to build that network, turn yourself into a commodity, and play the game that the commercial-university complex wants you to. Yeah, it’s unethical, but so is the university system, built on corruption and false promises of employability, that you’re working in today. If your football coach makes more than your family members’ combined incomes, you’ll sure as shit understand what we’re talking about.