The graders are in Bangalore

Joanne Jacobs, Weblog, Apr 07, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One inevitable result of technology is the exporting of information work, including grading. This has some American educators tied up in knots, and the not so subtle disparaging remarks have started to come out, such as this post, which tells us that in India "educated people speak English - though not American English." One wonders what this magical 'American English' is. As I state in the comments, "the major difference seems to be only that Asians spell correctly and use correct grammar." English is an international language, which means Asians can mark papers (and especially standards-based tests) quite as well as Americans, and at considerably lower wages.
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