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Darrin Bell

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 15 hours ago

    Took this long to find out I was born on a tuesday.
    My mother never told me, thank goodness for the internet and may God praise Donald Trump.

  2. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 15 hours ago

    I recently completed a survey for a study at the Uni of Vienna about how one uses the internet to obtain information on medical matters…
    I could not understand why it kept asking me what social media I used to get it (snapchat,what’s app,facebook,Twitter,instagram). Easy: none, never. Unless I have a doctor as a facebook buddy. Which I do but I’m not about to ask her advice for every bloody medical question I have, I’d be unfriended before the consultation had ended. But seriously, social media…? It largely exchanges opinions, some based on real facts but mostly not. Why would one research or use social media for medical information, why would one use social media for news reports? To me it beggars belief.

  3. guy fawkes

    guy fawkes said, about 11 hours ago

    @omQ R

    “When access to information was limited, we needed to load students up with facts. Now, when we have no scarcity of facts or the access to them, we need to load them up with understanding.” Seth Godin
    .
    I suppose technology has far outpaced human development (again). We have this ‘magic’ tool to instantly connect with the rest of humanity and all its accumulated factual knowledge, experience and history, and we generally use it to gossip and inadvertently (or not) spread misinformation.

    I still use a ‘dumb’ phone, and the tablet stays at home. There are still many thousands of books (not e-books) I wish to read, and I can’t spare the time for social media. Unfortunately that leaves me out in the cold socially, and (nearly) professionally. Damned if you do, misanthrope if you don’t…

  4. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 10 hours ago

    @guy fawkes

    “We have this ‘magic’ tool to instantly connect with the rest of humanity and all its accumulated factual knowledge, experience and history, and we generally use it to gossip and inadvertently (or not) spread misinformation.”


    Nicely summed up!

    I particular liked this quote:
    "Now, when we have no scarcity of facts or the access to them, we need to load them up with understanding.” -Seth Godin


    I think understanding was always meant to be part of an education, but it seems critical thinking is slipping and understanding along with it. What say the teachers and lecturers we have on this forum?

  5. superposition

    superposition said, about 9 hours ago

    @omQ R

    I do my own exam questions as the publishers exam questions all seem to find their way to the Internet. I furnish the answers up front on an exam in one of my courses and ask the students to solve the problems using the different methods that were in lectures.
    Disturbingly, my foreign students are the best critical thinkers.

  6. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, about 8 hours ago

    “Social Media”? It used to be called “Gossip”.

  7. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, about 8 hours ago

    @superposition

    Using the cerebral frontal cortex is hard work. Many American students have never been expected to do that sort of hard thinking during their childhood, Whether in school or not. In our house, the expectations for our children to use critical thinking we’re very high. It was assumed to be the default mode. Sloppy thinking was discouraged. Children in a privileged culture need to be challenged by their parents and other adults in their lives. Manufactured adversity can be a great virtue in this circumstance. Perhaps more has been demanded of your non-American students as a group—rendering their executive functions more powerful as a consequence. Critical thinking takes practice.

  8. guy fawkes

    guy fawkes said, about 7 hours ago

    @twclix

    ★★★★★

  9. Crow Nobo, not voting for crooked Tricky Trump the scary lying one per center afraid to show how little he pays in taxes, sad.

    Crow Nobo, not voting for crooked Tricky Trump the scary lying one per center afraid to show how little he pays in taxes, sad. said, about 6 hours ago

    @Stipple

    Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
    Wednesday’s child is full of woe,


    That’s me

  10. martens is REALLY fed up

    martens is REALLY fed up said, about 6 hours ago

    One of the things I have noticed in the students coming through the lab on rotations is that many (if not most) American students are seldom asked to write a coherent piece of prose such as an essay, whereas many of the non-Americans have been asked to write repeatedly from elementary school on up. You can’t write a good essay without learning how to think critically and organize your thoughts. Multiple guess exams and texting will never meet the standard required for coherence.

  11. sueamarlucan

    sueamarlucan said, about 5 hours ago

    @omQ R

    I taught for 20 years. I quit because I was instructed, then ordered, to teach ‘creative’ thinking instead of critical thinking. Went back to farming/ranching and home schooling my grandchildren. If our schools are only teaching ‘creative’ thinking it is my personal opinion that all the information and data in the world is useless without applying critical thinking to creative thinking to virtually every subject. A creative idea is wonderful but useless without the critical thinking to apply it, or at least figure out if it is applicable. Just my opinion.

  12. Lyman Elliiott

    Lyman Elliiott GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago

    @omQ R

    Why would one research or use social media for medical information, why would one use social media for news reports? To me it beggars belief.
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    If using social media for such things beggars belief, you must be pretty smart. After all look at the guff Trump spouts and he says he gets all his information from the internet. That says it all really.

  13. Lyman Elliiott

    Lyman Elliiott GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago

    @superposition

    Disturbingly, my foreign students are the best critical thinkers.
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    Sadly that doesn’t surprise me at all. I took some classes at the local Community College about 20 years ago and before the year started set up a cruise vacation that could not be refunded causing me to miss the class before a big exam. The instructor told me to come in when I returned from the trip for a review. I told her that if I had been doing the reading as required and was paying attention in class I shouldn’t need to review.

  14. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 2 hours ago

    @ superposition
    @ martens
    @ guyfawkes
    @ twclix
    @ sueamarlucan
    @Lyman Elliiott
    Thanks for your replies!


    @sueamarlucan, I would have thought creative thinking benefits from critical thinking and viceversa.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 hour ago

    @omQ R

    I tend to not use Social Media myself.

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