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"Great Deal Of Misinformation On The Internet"

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Scotland is blaming failing school test scores on misleading information, Internet plagiarism, and Wikipedia.

Eleanor Coner, the SPTC’s information officer, said: “Children are very IT-savvy, but they are rubbish at researching. The sad fact is most children these days use libraries for computers, not the books. We accept that as a sign of the times, but schools must teach pupils not to believe everything they read.

“It’s dangerous when the internet is littered with opinion and inaccurate information which could be taken as fact.

“Internet plagiarism is a problem. Pupils think ‘I’ll nick that and nobody will notice’, but the Scottish Qualifications Authority has robust ways of checking for plagiarism and parents are worried their children will fail their exams.”

Ronnie Smith, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said there was a higher risk of inaccurate information on the internet than in books. He added: “We need to make sure youngsters don’t take what they read online as fact.”

Several further education institutions have already banned students from using the interactive encyclopaedia. At one college in Vermont in the US, a history professor found several students repeated the same error in exam papers. On discovering the information came from Wikipedia, the college outlawed its future use.

The future of liberals is ensured by lack of education and ignorance. No wonder Al Gore is their patron saint.


Written by smalltalkwitht

June 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm

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