Responding to Responses to “What Automated Essay Grading Says To Children”

Bud Hunt, Bud the Teacher, Apr 26, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Bud Hunt says this is a 'mixed message': "Your thoughts and ideas and writing are so important that, rather than investing in other people to mentor you and nurture your abilities, I’m going to have you put your words into a machine so I don’t have to be bothered to look at them." Well, maybe not so much mixed. Anyhow, this post if a follow-up to the "strong" responses to that original post on automated essay grading and is more fully thought-out than the first, though ending up in the same (and IMHO correct) position: "the fervor with which I suspect machine grading of writing will be adopted suggests the real problem – we don’t actually want to read and write with our students."

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