The subtitle to Marche’s essay is: “The College Essay is Dead.” Perhaps because Marche no longer teaches, he does not realize that the obit is a bit late: the college essay died years ago. During my three decades of teaching at a public university, I have encountered a dwindling number of students who can write a declarative sentence, much less a clear thesis. Perhaps more important, they have no desire to learn how.
That Plato and Aristotle had reservations about writing is one thing. As it happens, writing has been around now for quite some time now and has given quite a few masterpieces. There is something to be for learning how to do it.