An Op-Ed piece in the NY Times takes on the issue of internet plagiarism (after first pointing out that you can buy a term paper on internet plagiarism from one site for only $19.95), by suggesting that a better way to beat student cheaters is for professors (specifically humanities professors) to change the way they teach. The writer (an English professor himself) argues that too many professors are simply teaching students how to "read" but not how to take that information and do something useful with it. His suggestion is that more assignment be tied to personal experiences and personal opinions that will let a student get more out of the piece in understanding themselves, while also making it more difficult to cheat. Personal opinions and personal experiences can often be faked as well - but it's not a bad idea to suggest professors look for more creative ways to force students to come up with their own words for assignments.
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