Student’s point goes to university
“The student’s sense of going to university is to learn to do it all (write essays, course papers, bachelor’s theses) to do it himself, so these course papers and bachelor papers are asked for the student to acquire all the skills.”
Over the past week, our company has been paying a lot of attention to both academics and the mass media, and I have had to give my explanation and opinion countless times about the idea of creating a portal, the funding involved, the goals of action, honesty, ethics, legality and many other issues.
Over the last couple of days, many (including dolphin commentators, up to ministers) have been judged, condemned, and called by the portal (and also by me). Journalists, lecturers, philosophers, social anthropologists and other moral and ethical noble characters declare that the portal undermines academic ethics, promotes plagiarism, and, in general, paves the way for the general degradation of the British education system and total destruction. So to say – brawl thorough.
I am of course not an expert in education, politics or philosophy, nor an academic associate or social anthropologist who is given the opportunity to speak at all times and in all things, and my competence in education is negligible, but I also want to express my opinion on all of this …
Education is by nature not a value. Nowadays, it is a general rule, a basic requirement, just like personal hygiene or your own health. It does not provide any competitiveness or advantage for a very simple reason – almost everyone. What makes us competitive and better than others is our ability and skills to apply knowledge faster, better and more efficiently than others. What’s more, often knowledge about a subject, thing or object should not be fundamental; in everyday life they are simply not useful.
Fundamental knowledge, in-depth scrupulous research, analysis, discussion, verification, defense, recycling, re-research, etc. are the skills needed for theoretical and experimental science. Scientific activity and science are undoubtedly a valuable and integral precondition for human development, but how many of us are calling for science? How many of the students in higher education institutions (HEIs) have such skills or will they need them? In my opinion, I will not exaggerate if I say no more than 1% of all students – those who want to associate their life with academic work or science.
What other 99% of students offer AII? Write essays, course papers and bachelor papers? Is this really the “student’s sense of going to university”, as stated by RSU Associate Professor Sīlis?  Well, great value!
Literature processing, conducting research and describing this process is actually an artwork, a performance in which those who know eloquently and intelligently speak are more successful. It is literature. What can be the devaluation of education quality here if the devalued object is not a quality scale? Nothing! They are imaginations, fiction.
Essays, papers or diploma papers are not a measure of our knowledge, and even more of professional skills. I do not know whether the test of knowledge and skills based on such requirements is the desire of the HEI staff to go the simplest and easiest way, or the naive fantasy that such methods work.
Formal requirements always give a formal approach to the work. The principles of formalism are deeply rooted in knowledge assessment. And this, in my opinion, greatly contributes to the devaluation of education quality and plagiarism than the newly created portal that offers a long-standing service on the market.
HEIs need to think about how to improve the quality of their studies, and if my action promotes it, even though it is the reason for the university’s protest reaction, I’ll be happy about it. But while such a system will not change, the demand for our services will remain.