People pay to see others believe in themselves.” —Kim Gordon (via magnificentruin)
High school and college students may be ‘digital natives,’ but they’re wretched at searching… In 1955, we wondered why Johnny can’t read. Today the question is, why can’t Johnny search?
Who’s to blame? Not the students. If they’re naive at Googling, it’s because the ability to judge information is almost never taught in school. Under 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, elementary and high schools focus on prepping their pupils for reading and math exams. And by the time kids get to college, professors assume they already have this skill. The buck stops nowhere. This situation is surpassingly ironic, because not only is intelligent search a key to everyday problem-solving, it also offers a golden opportunity to train kids in critical thinking.” —Clive Thompson on why kids can’t search and the importance of educating against the filter bubble
Susan Carter, in Willing Shape-Shifters:
Fairy tales adumbrate science fiction in their provision of an alternate venue in which earthly issues might be creatively examined, if not resolved. The fact that fairyland is a space where the female is no more sexually restrained than the male shows medieval interest in this possibility.