Recall the essays you had to publish in twelfth grade?

Recall the essays you had to publish in twelfth grade?

Topic sentence, introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, conclusion. The final outcome being, say, that Ahab in Moby Dick was a figure that is christ-like.

The absolute most obvious distinction between real essays while the things one should write at school is that real essays are not exclusively about English literature. Certainly schools should teach students just how to write. But as a result of a few historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed together with the scholarly study of literature. And thus all over the country students are writing not exactly how a baseball team with a budget that is small take on the Yankees, or perhaps the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a good dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens. Continue reading “Recall the essays you had to publish in twelfth grade?”