Can CSULB’s Writing Exam grow from Instrument of Mediocrity to Instrument of Excellence? Here’s how to start the rehabilitation of this boring requirement.
Bad data and presumptuous essay prompts conspire to make students write safe, conforming essays. A tiny step toward a more conforming life. What if the GPE exam were preceded by a creative brainstorming session? Would the essays be different?
When we ask students to write (the GPE / WPE or anything else) are we asking them to write what we want to read? Or are we truly inviting them to think new thoughts in their own time, for their generation, and in their century?
Do students think critically? Do they read? Can they write? A few thoughts from grading the GPE (formerly WPE) today.
Is a essay that does what the author was told to do good enough? Does great writing require radical thinking?