Never say young millenials are timid or lacking initiative, writes Megan McArdle on Bloomberg View. They have the chutzpah to ask random strangers, such as columnists and academics, to write their essays on carbon taxes, global warming the Affordable Care Act, the Federal Reserve, etc.
“Some petitioners helpfully include the structure and word count they are looking for,” she writes.
In a three-paragraph essay, with topic sentence, explanation and conclusion, McArdle explains why she’s not doing their work for them.
“The first reason that I am not going to do your homework for you is that I have already graduated from high school,” she writes. “Now I have plain old work, which actually takes up quite a bit of my time.”
Homework assignments teach valuable lessons, such as “how to a) find information and figure out what it means and b) do things you don’t particularly enjoy,” she adds.
Finally, it wouldn’t do any good to turn in an essay written by a professional, McArdle advises. “Your teacher is apt to notice the sudden improvement in your prose and research skills.”