UPDATE: I received the following email on the topic:
Some of the commenters are complaining that the essay was badly written. Ignoring the issue of whether the essay correctly relates to the question, it is actually pretty well-written when the history of the student is taken into account.
I was a student writing tutor at for 3 years (2000-2003), which actually has an unusually large proportion of Mid-East students, especially from the UAE. I worked with students from the UAE and other parts of the Middle East many times. These students typically have a grasp of the spoken English language, but have problems both with written grammar and with the Western conception of a written essay. Students in the Mid-East are taught a very different essay structure based on culture and language.
In my opinion, the writing style of this essay is excellent for a recent emigre from that section of the world.
I would add that like Percy Dovetonsils (my favorite nom de blog, but I love Restoration theatre) I am most astonished by the Professor’s use of psychotherapy with a student. It smacks of thought control.