May 052010
 

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Consider this comment from a New York Times reader:

“The company argues that professors freed from grading papers can spend more time teaching”

A major factor in successful teaching is understanding the student. That can’t be done second-hand and by a disinterested party.

If the graders are automatons, then the students will adapt and become automatons as well, simply cranking out exact matches to what the “teacher” told the grader to look for. The “teacher” is merely an audio book, not a teacher. Creativity is noise.

If teachers don’t want to teach then they should find another profession. If the institutions they work for can’t give them reasonable class sizes, then grader outsourcing is exactly what failure looks like. http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=fa524f1f517cbde1fb848c9adfdd4dfa

May 052010
 

Consider this comment from a New York Times reader:

“The company argues that professors freed from grading papers can spend more time teaching”

A major factor in successful teaching is understanding the student. That can’t be done second-hand and by a disinterested party.

If the graders are automatons, then the students will adapt and become automatons as well, simply cranking out exact matches to what the “teacher” told the grader to look for. The “teacher” is merely an audio book, not a teacher. Creativity is noise.

If teachers don’t want to teach then they should find another profession. If the institutions they work for can’t give them reasonable class sizes, then grader outsourcing is exactly what failure looks like. http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=fa524f1f517cbde1fb848c9adfdd4dfa