Google took the steps yesterday to implement a ban on all essay editing services, after claims that advertising such services was threatening the integrity of university degrees. The calls to ban these sites and services from Google have mainly come from Colleges and Universities who see these sites as offering students an opportunity to “cheat” their way through courses.
However there are actually 2 categories of essay service – there are those that provide fully written essays and there are those companies that provide editing services of essays written by you. It is not clear if google will ban both types of adverts, however Google is sending a clear message that from next month – no ads will be accepted for companies that sell essays or dissertations.
This does bring up a few discussion points:
1) Is there a difference between an essay writing service and an essay editing service?
2) Is Google right to ban these companies?
Personally, essay editing and essay writing are two very different things. Essay editing is taking your work and simple improving it, and I am sure at some point we have all done this – for example when you were younger and asked your parents to look over your work – effectively they are editing your work for you! An essay writing service will provide you with a fully written essay on a subject of your choice – no work on your part at all. My thought is Google will ban both of these services and will not distinguish – but I think they should!
Secondly, is Google right to ban these companies? Honestly I have not made up my mind on this. Companies that are offering essay writing services are not breaking the law, and are providing a legitimate service to their clients. However, I think its certainly a good move to limit students exposure to companies like this – a University degree should be something you work for – not pay for!
This is a hot topic at the moment – and would be interested to hear your thoughts….