So this SAT change is bothering me so much and I’m not even affected because I’m not even in high school anymore but it’s still super super annoying. Lindsey and I were talking about it and she made a really good point: getting rid of the essay portion (or even making it optional) will not help students. The most important skill you can have as a student entering college/the workforce is being able to write at least decently well, and for some people, training for the SAT essay is their only experience with the level of writing that will be expected of them in college. Getting rid of the essay portion of the SAT isn’t going to do anyone any favours in that regard.
"I’m writing a novella that I’m hoping to get published."
"What’s it about?"
"It’s about these two kids from Seattle, who sneak out of the house early in the morning and take a 5 AM bus to Portland."
"What happens after that?"
"I don’t know. But that’s kind of the point."