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Criticism, at its best, is deeply personal, and gets to the heart of why we write the way we do. Perhaps you’re a narcissist who secretly resents your audience. Or an elitist who expects herculean feats of your reader. Or a know-it-all who can’t admit that stylistic repetition is sometimes annoying redundancy. Or a wallflower who hides behind sparklingly meaningless modifiers. Or an affirmation junkie who’s the first to brag about a flawless essay.
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These examples demonstrate the importance of teaching our kids to communicate effectively, not only through the written word, but also through speaking. If kids can’t communicate their ideas through proper grammar techniques and through content, admissions officers have a difficult time deciding if they are an appropriate match for the school. Communication is key in all fields. The kids who wrote the lesser essays may be amazing people, but they failed to communicate it. Glenda
Great answer, but try not to be so emotional next time. I felt that you were more than “mildly insulted” by Perlstein’s essay, which is your right, but leave the emotion out of your arguments. Let Perlstein look like the irrelevant crybaby that he is. Heh heh. Sorry, Rickie.
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Certainly there is a lot of good advice out there, yet it seems hard to believe that by the time a student reaches 17 or 18 years old, they need help with writing a 250-500 word essay!
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I think that instead of requiring essays as to why a prospective student wants to go to a particular college (who cares?), essay questions modelled on those of All Souls College of Oxford, as described in a recent New York Times article, are more in order.
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There are multiple purposes for the essay. One is to guage an applicant’s ability to write. Fortunately, many employers, like The Times, still value this ability. If your child does not “have a talent” in this area, he/she needs to get to work.
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Somewhere along the way I set aside my hopes of writing that flawless essay. But perhaps I missed something important in my mother’s lessons about creativity and perfection. Perhaps the point of writing the flawless essay was not to give up, but to never willingly finish. Whitman repeatedly reworked “Song of Myself” between 1855 and 1891. Repeatedly. We do our absolute best with a piece of writing, and come as close as we can to the ideal. And, for the time being, we settle. In critique, however, we are forced to depart, to give up the perfection we thought we had achieved for the chance of being even a little bit better. This is the lesson I took from my mother: If perfection were possible, it wouldn’t be motivating.
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My mother, who is just shy of five feet tall, is normally incredibly soft-spoken, but on the rare occasion when she got angry, she was terrifying. I’m not sure if she was more upset by my hubris or by the fact that my English teacher had let my ego get so out of hand. In any event, my mother and her red pen showed me how deeply flawed a flawless essay could be. At the time, I’m sure she thought she was teaching me about mechanics, transitions, structure, style and voice. But what I learned, and what stuck with me through my time teaching writing at Harvard, was a deeper lesson about the nature of creative criticism.
September 2004 Remember the essays you had to write in high school
My peers often misread the opportunity of college essays as a one-time chance to glorify their accomplishments and present themselves in the best light possible. This is only true to the extent that students shouldn’t strive to portray themselves in an unfavorable light.