Should A Computer Grade Essays?

The advent of essay-grading software has some educators upset, but Anya Kamenetz thinks its weaknesses can be turned into strengths:

One great assignment would be for students to follow the work of Les Perelman, a retired writing professor and longtime critic of automated grading, who excels in producing nonsensical essays that fool the algorithms. “In today’s society, college is ambiguous. We need it to live, but we also need it to love. Moreover, without college most of the world’s learning would be egregious,” read one of his essays in part that earned a perfect score from the computer. Spotting the logical holes in writing that only appears to be erudite, not to mention the “compositions” of spambots, is a key task of the modern world.

Read Perelman’s full essay here.