American high school students are terrible writers, and one education reform group thinks it has an answer: robots, Reuters reports. Or, more accurately, robo-readers - computers programmed to scan student essays and spit out a grade. The theory is that teachers would assign more writing if they didn't have to read it. And the more writing students do, the better at it they'll become - even if the primary audience for their prose is a string of algorithms. That sounds logical to Mark Shermis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron. He's helping to supervise a...

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