Le 12 novembre 2010, un "ghostwriter" pour étudiant explique son activité en détail dans "The Chronicle of higher education". Son témoignage, sous le pseudonyme Ed Dante, est très long mais passionnant. Il a gagné 66 000 US $ en un an en travaillant pour des étudiants, et il s'adresse aux enseignants pour leur expliquer comment les étudiants mentent…. Quelques extraits :
- In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper.
- In the midst of this great recession, business is booming. At busy times, during midterms and finals, my company's staff of roughly 50 writers is not large enough to satisfy the demands of students who will pay for our work and claim it as their own.
- Three demographic groups seek out my services: the English-as-second-language student; the hopelessly deficient student; and the lazy rich kid.
- I live well on the desperation, misery, and incompetence that your educational system has created.
I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration….. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more.
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Dante Ed. The shadow scholar. The man who writes your students' papers tells his story. The Chronicle for higher education 2010, November 12.