Yes, College Essays Are Ruining Our Economy - David Silverman - Harvard Business Review

Ultimately, the problem is that we write too many words. We simply make too much Content, and that starts with “C” which rhymes with “E” which stands for Education. As a teacher I’ve witnessed how we imply that an increase in word count equals an advancement in learning. In elementary school, we identify “key sentences” and write one- or two-page essays, which is wonderful, but then it all goes wrong. By junior high we’re on to 10-page papers, by high school we’re up to 25 pages, in college, the triumph is a 50-page thesis, and then the Ph.D. produces 100-plus pages to prove their smarts.
But more doesn’t mean better for anything other than active cranial hair follicles (of which I have very few).

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Yes, College Essays Are Ruining Our Economy - David Silverman - Harvard Business Review

Ultimately, the problem is that we write too many words. We simply make too much Content, and that starts with “C” which rhymes with “E” which stands for Education. As a teacher I’ve witnessed how we imply that an increase in word count equals an advancement in learning. In elementary school, we identify “key sentences” and write one- or two-page essays, which is wonderful, but then it all goes wrong. By junior high we’re on to 10-page papers, by high school we’re up to 25 pages, in college, the triumph is a 50-page thesis, and then the Ph.D. produces 100-plus pages to prove their smarts.

But more doesn’t mean better for anything other than active cranial hair follicles (of which I have very few).

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