Sunday, November 06, 2011

On TV: Tough Love: Miami: Ep. 304, "Flirting"

I'm watching a rerun of Tough Love: Miami, episode 304, titled "Flirting". I can't help but wonder: does anyone else find it ironic that the go-go dancer is named Chastity?  Maybe that's her stage name and Soules, Chastity Soules' real name is undercover (like that of SIS Agent 007).

Saturday, November 05, 2011

On Craigslist: this lazy-a$$ student's ad emphasizes one dangerous flaw in online education

I saw the following ad on Craigslist.  It's not unlike others I've seen, some of which promise to pay a stooge to write one's papers.  Is it not bad enough that so many colleges have dumbed down their curricula and grading standards?  Apparently not: compounding the problem is the abuse - by many students, in my observation and that of many writers - of those online and hybrid/blended classes which lack appropriate mechanisms to prevent and detect cheating.   Bleh!

The ad was posted under new york craigslist > queens > jobs > education/teaching jobs:

Compensation for taking a 100 (freshman) level online course (Queens)


Date: 2011-11-04, 11:15AM EDT

Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]



I am a 24 yr old college student and i need help taking 18 credits per semester, in order to accomplish my goals, and save time.

were talking about liberal art courses such as art 100, theology 100, science 100, etc. easy stuff i dont want to concern myself with and focus on my double major instead.

i will buy the materials for you

i will give you 35% up front, 35% after the midterm and the rest 30% once the course is over.

starts Jan 20th, 2012 - 1st week of may


Serious Inquiries only.

Have a Bachelors Degree, resume is a plus.

have a lot of experience taking online courses

live in Queens area

agree to get me a B+ or higher

write original essays, must not plagiarize.

MUST have time, dedication, discipline to take this 4 month course!

Location: Queens

Compensation: 400$

This is a part-time job.

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Please, no phone calls about this job!

Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 2684846084