Babs mentioned dumbing down education in a post, but I didn't want to veer her thread off topic so am starting this one: The main company I work for does not allow this, but a side company either does or hasn't noticed it: around 25% of orders are requests for us to do their school work- high school, mostly college, and I've even seen requests for Ph.D dissertations. I know there are also sites/companies that are specifically for this purpose- 'we will write your term papers for you!' Many of these individuals make no attempt to hide the fact that they want to hire people to do their work- some go as far as to copy/paste the actual assignment as it came from their teacher/professors. One I noticed today had the title 'What I hope to gain from my college experience'- clearly a college-entrance essay. Evidently the answer is not 'Learning to do one's own school work'!! Even when I need the $, I won't do these types of orders- I won't help people cheat. But the additional point: what does it say about how much they are learning in school/college when they hire other people to do their papers for them?