Ian McEwan On His Novels As High-School Texts: ‘My Son Got A Very Low Mark’

I have heard of numerous accounts of this kind of thing happening with authors’ works (mostly unnamed authors, making them less-than-reliable stories) – but here’s one that I can finally use as an example:

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  • puckmalamud

    Ha! That’s brilliant! I’ve always said that grading of essays in English classes seems really arbitrary. As McEwan says in the video, it should be from the presentation of the ideas, not the ideas themselves, but it frequently doesn’t play out that way, sadly.