“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
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My former Econ professor is teaching intro again, and he has them read three books by economists over the course of the semester, which is a huge part of why his sections of intro are so worthwhile, when the others are only meh. They write a final paper that looks at all of the books and how each economist deals with a particular issue/policy, and the student is supposed to analyze those arguments and decide where they stand.
Anyway, in preparation, they’re supposed to write a three-page summary of each book, with a bit of analysis thrown in to a) keep them on track, and b) make sure they know what each book says.
Since these papers aren’t for a grade, just for feedback, the professor has students grade them.
I am grading the papers for all of one of his sections, and I know have a renewed appreciation for everyone who works in education.
While other writing assignments probably get more variety, when you ask people to broadly discuss the same book, you get back papers which are mindnumbingly similar. I am incredibly over Milton Friedman. I didn’t really like him much before, but OH MY GOD MAKE HIM GO AWAY.
Also, when I keep seeing the same mistakes in multiple papers, I get really impatient, which isn’t really fair to the papers I get to later, so I have to work really hard not to unleash my frustration on them (GUYS, YOU HAVE TO CITE EVERYTHING YOU GET FROM SOMEONE ELSE, EVEN THINGS THAT ARE NOT DIRECT QUOTATIONS!).
I almost—ok, actually—hugged a really good paper that came after a string of frustrating ones, I was so excited by its quality. True story.
ETA: One of the papers opened with, “In his novel, Capitalism and Freedom…” His NOVEL? NOVEL? As much as I disagree with him, I don’t think we can say that Milton Friedman’s book is fictional…