"There are many many ways that the industrial revolution influenced hamster farming practices in rural England and that even reverberate to the hamsters we see around us today..."
Over and over and over until I wanted to gouge my eyeballs out with my red marking pen. But at least I only have to do this once at the end of semester, and I don't have to give feedback, just a grade. So can I get a shout out for the English prof, facing this stuff week in and week out in the hopes that the rest of us get some coherent prose when they're done. Sure they have their quirks. But those who are about to be bludgeoned with butchered English until your brains bleed...
We salute you!
Update: Took a break from grading to sample The Chronic, and came across a piece that seems relevant to the discussion in the comments: Robots are Grading your Papers! Flava as follows:
This managed–often legislated–pedagogy generally fails. Mechanical writing instruction in mechanical writing forms produces mechanical writers who experience two kinds of dead end: the dead end of not passing the mechanical assessment of their junk-instructed writing, and the dead end of passing the mechanical assessment, but not being able to overcome the junk instruction and actually learn to write.
Howard employs the term “patchwriting” to describe one common result of what I have long called the”smash and grab” approach that students employ to produce what we encourage them to pass off as “researched writing:” Scan a list of abstracts like a jewelry store window. Punch through the plate glass to grab two or three arguments or items of evidence. Run off. Re-arrange at leisure. With patchwriting, students take borrowed language and make modest alterations, usually a failed attempt at paraphrase. Together with successful paraphrase and verbatim copying, patchwriting characterizes 90 percent of the research citations in the nearly 2,000 instances Howard’s team studied at a diverse sampling of institutions. Less than 10 percent represented summary of the sense of three or more sentences taken together.