Shelly Wright makes several valid points. Without a doubt students lose their curiosity as they progress through our system of education. We must examine our current practices focusing on their impact on students’ short- and long-term learning. Students lose when debate isolated pieces of learning such as writing an essay. Granted, I would take issue with the statement that the essay has outlived its usefulness in high school. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say the essay is over-utilized or used when other, equally effective, options are available to enhance thinking and writing skills. However, I believe that Shelly used the essay to make a point and was not arguing that knowing how to write effectively is unimportant. She is suggesting there may be other ways for students to learn this. We do not question our practices enough and I applaud Shelley for doing that and encouraging all of us to do the same.
High school has been a very interesting experience for me. It has definitely had its highs and lows and many confusing experiences in between. Overall, I feel like I have been equipped for not only college, but also life as a whole. High school has taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It’s a lot to take in in a couple of years that feels like a couple months before you do wrap up your four years of high school. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, has built many aspects of my character. My experiences at A.I. Prince Technical Vocational High school have shaped me into the person that I am today.
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I’m not saying our kids shouldn’t be able to write. On the contrary, I think our students should be able to argue gracefully and persuade powerfully. They also need to know what they believe and why. I simply think the essay is a medium that has outlived its usefulness, at least in high school.