Help Your Children to Understand the Basics
As a teacher, I find it unacceptable that so many of today’s students cannot comprehend the meaning of research. Ask any high school student what research means and you will most likely get “Google” as an answer.
Is it true that anything one wishes to find is easily located on the Internet, thereby obviating the necessity for library visits and primary sources? You tell me.
The following is a list of five questions I pose to my readers. Can you find the answers online?
1. What original designs were destroyed in the Levi Strauss factory in the 1906 fires caused by the San Francisco earthquake?
2. What was the Iroquois name for the Pacific Ocean?
3. What percentage of adult Americans attended Cornell University in 1960?
4. Was the Sawney Beane murder case in Scotland factual or grossly distorted folklore?
5. Who is the "Patron Saint of Lonely Souls" referred to in Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway?
Please feel free to respond with your own lists. By the time we finish playing around with this post, we should have a good enough idea of the nature of research to be able to recognize when our children are simply entering information into a search engine and not really researching at all.