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Eliza



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:43 am    Post subject: Reading More but Learning Less? Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/10/22/reading-more-but-learning-less
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dick



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The series of interesting essays all seem to come back to the same point:
If one wants to be informed, he can be; if he doesn't make that choice, neither availability nor extensiveness matter much. Or: you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
I recall a rather vituperative discussion with a young student about her research paper, which I flunked. I had explained beforehand that most internet sources were questionable unless the credentials of the author gave them some validity. All of her sources were from the internet; some of the authors, it turned out, were other students who had posted their research papers as sources for students writing research papers--a questionable bit of charity.
It was, and I suppose still is, a common belief of students, that if something were in print, whether on paper or the net, it was therefore factual and valid. I have an elder sister who is equally credulous, though, so I shouldn't single out students.
As one of the essayists pointed out, information alone is not enough.
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