Why Teachers Requiring Students to Write Essays and Book Reports is Stupid
I think about how teachers require their students to write an essay on some written-about-to-death topic or book report on some reviewed-to-death book. It’s massively stupid, massively dumb and teachers who require that should be fired, especially liberal ones because they are stupid in general.
Just imagine a teacher asks a student to write a book report, and the student is allowed to write about some book in the Hairy Pothead series, all the student has to do is go to Wikipedia or combine reviews from Amazon or bn.com, switch sentences around, replace words with synonyms like, “good” in place of “great” and in case anyone hadn’t figured out how to “cheat” using Wikipedia very stealthily, all you have to do is click the history tab on whatever topic you are asked to write about and rip off one of the versions far back into it’s history, and which is very different from the latest version of that article that exists. It’s very unlikely a teacher is going to look through hundreds of different versions of the article to see if you copied, and it will be even harder for them to spot or accuse you of copying if you also switched sentences around and replaced certain words with synonyms. Now someone might say, “Well it’s not stupid cuz it helps the student to think for themselves and just bcuz u can cheat doesn’t make that stupid,” but that argument doesn’t work if the subject the teacher asks the student to write about has already been written about thoroughly in many different ways and excellent ways already, if there are already many good explanations, especially thousands of them and already written as books. A teacher is tempting the student to “cheat” by asking them to write again about that subject and to ask for “originality” or to say to the student “you must be original” deserves a hard punch to the teachers face for asking such a stupid thing. The student should say to such a request, politely with good intent to the teacher, “How can I be original if the topic you’re asking me to write about has already been written about well in many different ways?” And NOT comply with the teachers request, and to sue the teacher if necessary for making an unreasonable request.
What would be good is to simply have the students choose an already good explanation or review (etc) about whatever the teacher asks to hear about and to have that student read it allowed.