I might have been high when I wrote this. Just a little.
I took several college classes last semester. Some were thought-provoking, some were captivating, and some were Writing and Clinical Thinking.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably dreading the night before the deadline, when you finally get around to actually writing that essay. But I actually think essays are a great genre of writing; they’re just frequently maligned by people who either get disheartened with lame topic assignments, or people who just don’t like writing in the first place. I think a lot of people look at it from the wrong perspective: this is your only chance to argue with the prof without getting an automatic F, after all.
Who is to blame for the academic disinterest of students? The students are. Most people would point out that students should be guided by the education system, not punished. And that all sounds great on paper when you’re trying to appease people’s parents for political reasons, but I know first-hand that this is not a stance that holds any water in reality.
There’s nothing more classic than the five-paragraph essay. They’re what people think of when they hear the word: an introduction, a thesis, three body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a bibliography. Everyone has written some in school before, so they must be the pinnacle of academic achievement, right? Nope.