Educators Petition Google to Stop Undermining Edu

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Google undermining Education?
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A growing group of educators are signing a petition that asks Google to stop undermining education by allowing Adwords advertisers to sell "pre-written and made to order term papers and essays" - If you've ever taken a look at this business, you'll know it's HUGE.

Please help us encourage Google to stop undermining education through their policy of displaying ads that encourage plagiarism and academic fraud through the sale of pre-written and made to order term papers and essays especially when these ads are displayed on web sites that promote education.

They go on to point out that Google choose to allow these ads:

Google screens all of its ads for acceptability and they already choose to NOT accept ads that promote alcohol, tobacco, weapons and other things ranging from miracle cures to license plate covers. Google has therefore chosen to accept advertising dollars from companies whose sole purpose is to promote academic dishonesty.


Google’s stated philosophy is that “you can make money without doing evil.” Show us. Google provides a number of outstanding services that we applaud but in this instance they have apparently placed profit over principle.

I think that's a fair call, what do you reckon?


not quite there...

People who want to cheat are going to find a way, if they dont see what they are looking for via an Adwords ad chances are you can find it in the SERP's anyway...

And why isnt there a petition for MSN and Yahoo as well?

Its a load of bullocks really.

Educators should put more effort into systems to detect duplicated/copied essay papers, then disqualify those who get caught cheating. Surely that would be a better way to spend their time/money/effort. With all those academic brainy people around they should be able to come up with something...

Fair call

I wish suicide ads like 'spam 700,000 major search engines' would fall under the weapons clause.

Siding with Google

As much as it pains me to say this, I'd have to side with Google in allowing them to show whatever ads they want. The guy who writes term papers has the same right to advertise as the guy who does design work overseas. This isn't a problem with Google, it's a problem with students and schools. We can't expect Google to follow every moral and ethical boundary that companies, schools and governments set.

As someone mentioned earlier, if you want to cheat, you will. Plagiarism won't die because Google stopped displaying ads. My suggestion is for schools to find ways to stop it on their own. Make tougher penalties for cheaters. Oh yeah, that doesn't work, schools don't like kicking people out who spend tens of thousands of dollars on an education.

Oh yeah...

My point of view can be changed with the sweet persuasion of .edu links.

who's cheating?

from companies whose sole purpose is to promote academic dishonesty.

Hm.. I thought their sole purpose was to make money. Not unlike many Academic Institutions.

policy of displaying ads that encourage plagiarism and academic fraud

So every purchased report has been plagiarized? Not until it is submitted by some student as his own, right? A student whose character has been shaped by.... our school systems? Partly? A mere 6-8 hours per day since age 6? With role models who are.... teachers? Operating a system that is so easily scammed, so often? Shall we look further...?

This is sloppy work. Reminds me of that Berkeley prof who lost his laptop and went public with a scam about the FBI .... so poorly done, really. Like with fireworks, you can see the flames before you hear the backfire.

this just in .. student sues TermPaper websites

This from TVC mailing:

Chroncle of Higher Ed (subscription of course)

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a student, "enrolled in a joint graduate program offered by Duke University's business school and the Johns Hopkins University," has sued three term paper Web sites for selling one of her papers without permission. Filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for Southern Illinois, the case may be the first of its kind. The Web sites involved include Free for Essays, Free for Term Papers and Doing My Homework.

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