Quoting Russ Hunt <[log in to unmask]>:
Peter Kincaid -- originator of the Flesh-Kincaid readability index on which all
grammar checker's have been based -- was a keynote speaker at the IEEE
Professional communication conference in September. When a young woman gushed
about how much she appreciated his work and how it was so helpful to students,
he quipped back, in his Louisiana drawl, "Well, nothing's gonna replace a good
reader reading a document."
Russ is onto something here. Notice the placement of the most controversial
information in the opening prepositional phrase, an attempt it would seem to
naturalize or normalize testing.
> And I just love this:
> > With the increasing number of mandates to test student
> > writing, "there's a certain inevitability to computerized
> > essay grading," said Stan Jones, Indiana's commissioner of
> > higher education. Indiana's computerized essay scoring, he
> > said, will reduce by half the cost of administering a
> > pencil-and- paper test and will free teachers from
> > distributing, collecting and, above all, grading thousands of
> > test booklets.
> I know a better way. And _way_ cheaper.
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