Today is the first day of the new SAT exam, which includes a 25-minute essay. The Christian Science Monitor asks: How will the text-messaging generation do?
The SAT has undergone the broadest revision in its 80-year history – and perhaps foremost among the changes, and the challenges on students’ minds, is a 25-minute, two-page essay worth a possible 800 points. To some, it’s demonic; to others, a nuisance. To a few, it’s a barometer of the state of adolescent prose in the age of the Internet as myriad types of writing compete with the letters of yore.
Though plenty of adults grumble about e-mail and instant-messaging (IM), and the text messages that send adolescent thumbs dancing across cellphone keypads, many experts insist that teenage composition is as strong as ever – and that the proliferation of writing, in all its harried, hasty forms, has actually created a generation more adept with the written word.
The story also quotes a girl who complains the essay questions are “kind of dumb.”
She recalls a sample question: What is your view of the claim that history is made not only by the actions of great leaders, but also by the contributions of average people? “I don’t know or care if contributions are made by leaders or average people,” she says.
Why bother with college if you don’t want to think?