Do Google and Wikipedia Rob Students of a Real Education?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka


By Ed Nawotka

In today’s editorial, Ron Mobed of Cengage Learning argues that digital tools and content turbocharge traditional education. Within the piece, he cites a 2009 UCLA study that “found that students learn better when they become engaged in a trial-and-error method to find information, rather than simply use Google or Wikipedia to reveal answers.” Translation: when students have to work a little harder to find information, they genuinely learn something. It’s essentially a retooling of the “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, he eats forever” argument. So, do Google and Wikipedia ultimately rob students of a real education?

Read Ron Mobed’s editorial and let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.