Today my professor lectured the class about cheating, which he said was very common on our last homework assignment. He said this is why employers use tests for programming, they know people can cheat their way through college.

Indeed, it is much easier to cheat on homework than it used to be. You used to have to copy someone else’s homework, which meant that at least one person had to do the work and those who didn’t had to trust the judgement of those who did. Now, just type out the question into google or wolfram alpha and out comes the answer. Not always, but enough to have a real effect.

You hear a lot of talk about how technology is making education better. Occasionally someone will note that, despite all this technology, education doesn’t seem to be getting any better. But this is one way that technology is making education worse.

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