I declare war on the SAT


Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below:

How valuable is history for our generation? On the surface this question is not as easy as it once might have been, for there is a widespread belief that history may no longer be relevant to modern life. We live, after all, in an age that appears very different from the world that came before us.

Stephen Vaughn, “History: Is It Relevant?”

Assignment: Is knowledge of the past no longer useful for us today? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

The above was the essay prompt for my SAT. Yeah that test. This was the first year they added the writing section and the first time I had taken the test. Below you will find my answer. All I can say is wow, just wow! 

In my defense I had been reading, Sun Tzu, Miyamoto Musashi, and The Art of Fencing so war and swords were on my mind. Even the use of the word “foil” was because I had a tournament hours later.