The internet makes it seem that we can find out about anything within a few keystrokes and a click of link. Students accustomed to getting answers and information so quickly may know some about a lot of topics but none in depth. Will they find the rigors of really researching the full scope of a topic (including by reading books that are not readily accessible on the internet) and thinking through arguments too tedious, with rewards that are too far off the in the murky distance (even years away)?
Is there so much hoopla about celebrating books because we live in the age of their demise; †in which sustained reading of thousand-page novels and epic poems is an endangered species? Or, to strike a more positive note, does the Pew study about hyperconnectivity and cognitive functioning show us how and why we need to change our education system?
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