Somewhere in Saudi Arabia a teacher has given out an essay.
The title of that essay?
“The pros and cons of getting older”
And how do I know all this? Heh! Because the lazy little bastards have spent the last few days frantically scouring the Interweb looking for a ready made one and a lot of them are ending up here. Lazy little fuckers!
It got me thinking though. Presumably all over the world, teachers are handing out essays. Presumably the kids are just going to scour the Interweb and print out someone else’s hard work. What can the teacher do about it? If the brain dead kid in the class [there is always one] produces an essay with perfect syntax, spelling and grammar alarm bells would ring, but what about the other kids? Does teacher have to take a couple of sentences from every essay and search to see if he can find those sentences tucked away on a quiet server somewhere?
Maybe teachers don’t bother with essays these days? Judging by the quality of writing on a lot of sites, they probably don’t any more. Or maybe the kids have to write their essays on their mobile phones in txt-speak, or whatever they call it and mail them in? If I were a teacher I would probably go high tech just to confuse them – “Write me an essay summarising the importance of each and every character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and make sure it’s in less that 140 characters. All essays to be in via Twitter on Monday morning”. Hah!
In the meantime some teacher in Saudi Arabia is going to get a load of essays from his pupils recounting their experiences as an old fart in the Wicklow mountains of Ireland.
I wish him luck!