Last year, I helped one of my sons in high school as he wrote an essay on the constitution, including a focus on a case where I served as the lead counsel. I thought he did a great job and was shocked when the teacher gave him a C+ (wrongly interpreting the key elements of the underlying case law). We let it go even though I thought the essay was entirely correct. I now feel better after reading how famous writer Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, Amsterdam, and On Chesil Beach, helped his son write an essay on his work, Enduring Love. It came back with a C grade. McEwan clearly did not understand what he was trying to say in his book.
McEwan told Event magazine that he worked on the essay with his son Greg but “his teacher disagreed fundamentally” with the take on the work.
Of course, as McEwan said in Enduring Love, “Self-consciousness is the destroyer of erotic joy” . . . and school essays.