The end of the semester is approaching at my SLAC, and so I have The Stack. I'm halfway through the freshman portion of The Stack, and I've noticed something odd. Aside from the usual inability to follow directions, follow a format, or follow the conventions of citation, I'm seeing an alarming trend.
Out of the thirty papers that I've read in the last three days, there were three that --
I actually --
kind of --
Not just, "Okay, that was a good paper," but "Huh, that was insightful and interesting. I'm glad I read it."
Am I growing soft, I wonder? Or are there just a few good students (dare I hope for 10%?) that actually have intriguing ideas and the ability to express them?
I'm pretty sure it's me.