Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Autism Diaries: a practice SAT essay


Time -- 25 minutes

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below.
Sometimes it is necessary to challenge what people in authority claim to be true. Although some respect for authority is, no doubt, necessary in order for any group or organization to function, questioning the people in charge- even if they are experts or leaders in their fields- makes us better thinkers. It forces all concerned to defend old ideas and decisions and to consider new ones. Sometimes it can even correct old errors in thought and put an end to wrong actions.
Is it important to question the ideas and decisions of people in authority?
Begin your essay on this page. If you need more space, continue on the next page.

People can be wrong sometimes. It is sometimes important to correct them, and sometimes it's not important. Sometimes, people come up with an idea which might be a bad idea. Sometimes, there are hidden reasons why it's not really a bad idea. So it's good to explain why you think it's a bad idea, instead of just saying it's a bad idea.

One example is when people are installing the ceiling fan, and it looks like it's a bad idea to install it that way, there could be something hidden that keeps the fan from falling down and getting a person killed.

Another example is when you see people microwaving a food while it's still in a box. A box might look like it's cardboard, but it's made to be cooked in microwave. So it's good to just say that it's cooking while in a box instead of just turning off a microwave and make people very upset.

Another example is that when you try to put eggs on chandelier because it's easter, and people says it's a bad idea and says to stop. Instead of just arguing and saying nothing's wrong with eggs on chandelier, you can just ask why they think it's a bad idea, and they can say that the light can melt the egg and make a smoke.

So instead of just argue you can just ask a question why they think it's a good or bad idea, and they can explain why, in a very calm way. This way, you don't end up getting into fight and ending up in the hospital.

[Posted with permission from author.]


Anonymous said...

I guess we shouldn't be surprised that J would work ceiling fans into his essay somehow.

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