Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Librarian says, "Yep."

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 12:06 AM

As a librarian, I find this a perfect example of the rapid recent deterioration of academic research skills standards. Reference librarians around the world are now familiar with the attitude that expects everything to be available online, and accepts every online statement as verified fact.  It's frustrating when high schools recommend students just find answers online, especially on Wikipedia, and it's appalling how little understanding there is in higher education of the difference between research and looking for answers.

I can only hope that this might encourage a return to some more vigorous standards of research education in the curriculum, but I'm not holding my breath for any state to reduce the amount of to-the-tests-teaching in favor of this actual academic rigor.

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