This blog post is in response to the article “The Shadow Scholar”, found here http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Shadow-Scholar/125329/ .
Absolutely everything about this article makes me uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the anonymous writer narrating. Maybe it’s the idea that so many people are graduating while being unable to write and do their own work. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t blame the author.
He exists as a product of our times. An excellent writer and quite possibly even a genius, he’s taken classes and written graduate thesis’ he will never get credit for. He is, essentially, getting paid to go to school. He may also be super human, as I am seriously concerned with the fact he can write 75 pages in 48 hours. I can almost respect that.
The most chilling sensation comes from realizing that those who use his services go on to graduate college. They get jobs. They are doctors and teachers and business people. That’s terrifying. A person who pays someone to write their lesson plans for class will go on to teach the children of America. How can these people be effective at their jobs?
Somewhere there is an optimist in me that tries to reason with this. If these people are ineffective and bad at their jobs, then they will be fired. They will not find success. Yet, I fear this is wrong. The type one the author discusses, the lazy rich kid, will be successful in some sense of the word. He already has connections, he might already have a place to go work. While types 2 and 3 might not make it, he most definitely will.