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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Children tend to believe what they read online


In response to Chris McGovern: Google in exam halls. Welcome to the educational basket case, Politically_Incorrect wrote:

One of the big problems with “googling” for information is whether you can trust the information you find. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can publish what they want on the Web. There’s not independent verification of the information’s accuracy or completeness. The danger is that we swallow whatever we read on our computer screen as if it were gospel truth. Printed books do at least have a degree of veracity because the work is likely to have been peer-reviewed, and publishers want to publish works by trusted authors. Of course, the education system may now be less concerned with factual accuracy than the methodology of acquiring information i.e. “waffle”.

Learning hard facts has become very unpopular in our education system, yet in the real world of work, facts are all important. It’s a pity that Ofsted seems more concerned with producing professional exam-passers who know what lesbians do in bed than producing people who actually know something.

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