Teachers have a rather tough job in this day and age. Schools have access to the internet—in fact, many schools educate students about how to use computers and the internet. Students can also get online in public libraries and at even in their own homes, in many cases. With this widespread gateway to the web, there is a world of data available—some of which is not constructive or desirable.
For example, students can actually find term papers and essays that are already written. Some sites offer to specifically write a paper for a student in exchange for a payment. Others simply have prewritten documents that are available for download—again, in exchange for a payment. Website owners are actually making money off of the fact that students often do not want to write the term papers they are assigned to write at school!
And the scary thing is, many of these downloaded papers are well-done. Teachers may not be able to tell for certain that they are purchased papers and not the work of the student.
Another example of undesirable usage of the internet is in how many students tend to plagiarize. A lot of students think that copying and pasting from the internet doesn’t count as plagiarism—especially if the source from which they are copying is a blog or a small, lesser-known website. And, teachers are not all-knowing—they may not be able to recognize every instance of plagiarism from sites like blogs.
The internet can be a great tool for education—if it is properly used. But many students push the boundaries of proper usage. And many teachers are too over-worked to have the time to check each paper that every student writes against internet data.
Teachers had a tough job without worrying about internet usage. So with internet usage available, working in the schools has only gotten more difficult.