The Shadow Scholar How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Ed Dante is the pseudonym of a professional writer of academic papers. Countless students at all levels of higher education have turned his papers, modified with their own names, and received course credit, final grades, or even degrees based on them.Last fall, after retiring from his long-term profession, Ed wrote an explosive article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, confessing to writing term papers for a living. Technically, they are "study guides," and the companies that sell them--there are quite a few--are completely legal and easily found with Google. For about $10-20 a page, Ed's former employers will give you a custom essay, written to your specifications. You can use these custom essays to help you write your own work. Or, if you should happen to turn it in under your own name--hey, that's your business.He may not be proud of his career, but as he points out, there certainly was a lot of demand for it. Ed Dante has written everything from three-page English essays to Ph.D dissertations on international economics. What is it for? Who benefits from it? Is it worth the cost?With unemployment pushing 10% and many college grads living with their parents, The Shadow Scholaris sure to stir up controversy. A bitingly funny and eye-opening memoir, this book is a searing, often maddening indictment of the big business of college.

Author Biography

Dave Tomar is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In 2010, Tomar authored an article entitled "The Shadow Scholar" under the pseudonym Ed Dante. The article, detailing his decade of experience as an academic ghostwriter, highlighted the issues of cheating and the need for reform in higher education. "The Shadow Scholar" became the most read article in the history of The Chronicle of Higher Education and received special citation from The Education Writers Association. Dave Tomar has also been a regular contributor to The Perpetual Post.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
On the Banks of the Old Raritan…p. 1
Rich Kid Sidp. 9
The RU Screwp. 22
The Quarter-Life Crisisp. 40
Twenty Years of Schooling and They Put You on a Day Shift…p. 52
Use Mep. 68
Thanksgiving and the Great Depressionp. 90
Ain't No Love in the Heart of the Cityp. 108
Degree Mill Universityp. 121
The Bendsp. 139
Tunneling Outp. 159
Death and Taxesp. 173
Portrait of the Scumbag as a Young Manp. 186
Fear of Flyingp. 197
Graduationp. 216
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 241
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