David Roth, owner of www.tuto-homework.com, on his service to high-school students of doing their homework for $20-$30 per hour. His specialties are math, chemistry, and physics. In fairness to Mr. Roth, he does have a disclaimer on his site:”Disclaimer: THIS IS INTENDED AS A STUDY GUIDE AND A WAY FOR YOU TO CHECK YOUR ANSWERS. SIMPLY TURNING IN THESE PROBLEMS FOR A GRADE WILL NOT HELP YOU TO STUDY, AND AS A RESULT, YOUR EXAM SCORES WILL SUFFER AND YOUR GRADE WILL SUFFER.
If you use this homework help service as a homework cheating service, it will NOT help you in the long run because you need to pass your exams”.
Our little darlings have spawned quite an industry. They now put their homework out for bids. In fact, the label given for all of this is “contract homework.” Some sites offer the luxury of having someone do your full online course for you.
The legality of all of this scholarship for hire? Only 17 states have a related criminal statute that prohibits selling written work in order to earn academic credit. So, the completion of online courses for someone else is problematic in 17 states. Overall, however, all of this homework commerce remains an ethical issue.
Perhaps the saddest part of this story in the Wall Street Journal is the fact that those who are selling homework were willing to be interviewed and even pictured in the article. Tawnell D. Hobbs, “Schools Go After Online Cheating.” Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2019, p. A3. The unethical have always been among us, since the time of Cain. However, the distinction appears to be that those participating in the cheating are willing to be identified publicly. No shame. No blame.