This prompt is modeled after the “open/argumentation” essay prompts found on the AP Language and Composition exam. This prompt, which is an excerpt from a lecture by Bertrand Russell, asks students to write about the extent to which Russell’s assertions about education hold true today. I used this with my AP Language and Composition class, which is made up of eleventh graders. This prompt can be used in class for a timed writing or as a homework assignment. I made it so that I could branch off from the prompts offered by the College Board and tailor my prompts to my units. I also wanted to give students a topic they could write a lot about.