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school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby sublime_disarray » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:58 pm

Hi
I am attending Otis college of Art and Design
We have been reading Dan Ariely's Predictable Irrational book in our english class
I am required to write an essay in which I create a policy for my school
I do not at all agree with these terms or the policies that already stand

The requirements read as such:
An anonymous benefactor recently made a sizeable donation to Otis College of Art and Design. The donation came with the stipulation that the college put into action a new policy that in some way makes up for students’ inability to always make rational decisions. In other words, the benefactor is a believer in Ariely’s research and wants to see the college be progressive in enacting policies that act on this knowledge. Otis’ Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting next month to decide what policy to enact to please their new donor. In an essay of four pages minimum, propose a system that could be put into policy at Otis and provide arguments as to why your policy should be chosen. Remember, your classmates will be proposing policies as well.
Be sure to build your essay around a thesis that asserts your policy is the most important one to enact.
it’s time to serve the greater
good.


I have researched and embraced the theories of anarchism starting a little over a year ago. I am relatively new to this forum but greatly appreciate the information provided. I do not think that creating yet another policy will be 'serving the greater good'. I also cannot disregard this essay providing that if I do, my I will fail the course.

I am trying to think of a way in which I can stay within the requirements without writing about something I don't believe in.

Any suggestions would be awesome! thank you
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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby |Y| » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:07 pm

Welcome! I really like your first post but I think I can't be very helpful. :/

I know nothing of Dan Ariely's stuff, but it sounds as if it is anti-irrationality, which I think anarchism is at its root. Having hierarchical structures is irrational, in my opinion, because it means that you cede your freedom for that of others. In that vein if you could perhaps write your essay showing how a structure in and of itself is irrational, and show how freely association individuals can be rational, you might be getting somewhere.

Unfortunately only a few regulars post here anymore (hopefully you help change that!), so you *might* want to take your question to anarchistblackcat or libcom where there are many more people who would be able to help you.
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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby Areté » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:10 am

I feel your pain. I had to do something similar for my Macroeconomics class one semester. I had to write about what I would do as the chairman of the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy. If I could have answered how I wanted to I would have chosen to shut down the Fed. Instead, I had to use my imagination to come up with something legitimate for my professor to accept. It tore me up to have to write a BS paper like that to hand in.

My suggestion is, if you can't go ahead and write your own thoughts and beliefs in your paper, then you're going to have to sit back and take it and write about what your professor might expect to read from the other sheeple. But first I'd ask and see if you can write about what you want to write about, and if you can't, then just toughen up and write a BS paper like I did.

Hope that helps somewhat.
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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby sublime_disarray » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:58 pm

Thank you both for your advice.
In my essay I will be fighting for placement of an activist class with a no-grade policy. Students irrationally give up their independence in order to receive a letter grade approved by society. With no-grade freedom, students will be able to be independent and learn according to what they find intellectually stimulating.
My topic was approved and I will be reading into more of Academic squatting and activist courses which have been able to take action within schools.

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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby Areté » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:07 pm

Sounds like you're referring to the whole Unschooling, John Holt, Montessori method type stuff. I've been fascinated for a some time now with these methods of learning. Definitely quite interesting look into. :mrgreen:
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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby |Y| » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:47 am

sublime_disarray, yes! You are freaking awesome! Best thread ever. Please keep us up to date on things.
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Re: school essay requirement is bullshit need help!

Postby Areté » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:41 am

How's your paper coming along sublime?
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