Sweet! A student I tutor earned a 93 on an English paper he wrote analyzing a work of poetry. Another student earned a 95 on a paper he wrote about the importance of philosophy. Yes!! Good job, guys.
More important than the grade is the time we spent thinking: asking and answering questions to understand the topic, to get a viewpoint on it, to develop chains of reasoning, to identify supporting examples, to organize our ideas. Invaluable. We did some great work in defining terms, reasoning, and using logic. Love it. (We also talked a little about writing style. Did some good work there, too.)
What we did got to the essence of education: preparing a young mind for adult life by developing the person’s rational faculty.
Give a man a fish, he can eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for life.