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The Lobotomized Weasel School of Writing
by Jeremy at 8:45 am EDT, May 20, 2004

The other day, our 16-year-old son, struggling with his homework, asked his mother this question: "Do you know how many paragraphs an American history essay is supposed to have?"

Writing, which ought to nurture and give shape to thought, is instead being used to pound it into a powder and then reconstitute it into gruel.

The people who create and enforce the templates are, not to put too fine a point on it, people without understanding or imagination, lobotomized weasels for whom any effort of thought exceeds their strength.

In Indiana this year, the junior-year English essay will be graded by computer. If this is knowledge, then truth and beauty reside only in ignorance.

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