On a recent exam my students had the following question:
From the 'I, Pencil' essay, fully explain how Indiana will recover from its recent devastating tornadoes. Adam Smith would argue that a completely privatized education system would lead to what outcome for American parents? Fully explain.
In order to answer this question the student must have first read the classic essay mentioned in the question and of course, they must have read about the views of Adam Smith and the economics of public education as presented in their lectures and textbook.
Here is what one student wrote (as always I have not edited what follows for spelling or grammar):
"In India the tornadoes are becoming a majer issue for them. They need American sadalights to keep a watch out for them. The best idea is to get some kind of a radar. India has been ripped up with a tornadoes. They will be able to come back from this by getting the people's help, raising taxes and finding other ways to rebuild. The education system will help the children get smarter and become better people. By this they can get the proper education to prepare for the next tornadoes."