Plus, College Board chief Laurence Bunin defends the essay prompt.
Teles' essay is important - even if its own argument explains why its powerful message is likely to go unheeded.
Former Artforum critic Thomas Lawson, also profiled in the essay, felt like he got off the hook.
1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.