10 March 2013

current reading 2

"Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room" is a great read by David Weinberger. I made it through most of the first half, then quickly read the last chapter and acknowledgments before having to return it to the library here at school (it was in demand). I'm looking forward to getting to the second half at some point when it's back in circulation. What stands out in this whole new world of networked knowledge is that the role of critical thinking is as important as ever and is once more being lauded. I don't believe developing critical thinking skills is such a hot new topic (which you might come to believe by all the informed articles proliferating everywhere on how important it is in education); but rather, it's what a sound education has always emphasized and valued. When we moved away from that idea (thinking that teaching for successful system wide test taking was the primary task), education began to falter. It seems to me that the ability to explore so widely on the web only makes this critical thinking skill all the more valuable - Questioning information never goes out of style. And of course, creative thinking is what makes the world turn.

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