Evaluating creative writing by "the formula"

06/15/2004 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

All Illinois children taking standardized exams will, at some point in their academic careers, write an essay graded by temp-hire workers who spend just a few minutes looking it over. Many teachers require students to use an objective, formulaic approach to structuring the essay that can hamper young writers' creativity and fluidity of expression.

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