Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:52 am

Nowadays it is easy to do “research”. Students resort to just Googling their topic, copy the text they need, paste where they will use these text and print. Easy-peasy, yeah right? Nah…downright lazy, if you ask me.

Back in the day when students need to troop to the library if there’s no 24 volume encyclopedia at home to read, research is well, research. And writing means literally writing because there are only two options: handwritten output or typewritten ones (double spaced and with one inch margin on the sides).

At least we know then that what we are reading the real deal and not just written articles stated as “facts” when in fact these are not only misleading but wrong as well.

For example, water retention remedies yielded 466, 000 entries in Google. So for research, which is the best site to read? The first 20 entries?

What if some of these are not accurate? What if some of these are auto-blogging sites which the researcher cited but in fact, data originated from somewhere else?

What to do?

I told my eldest daughter, your teachers should require all of you to email your researches/reports so that she/he can check online if these have been copied and where.

It IS possible.

And yeah, while I’m at it, eldest daughter said they need to make a newspaper. And entries will have to be handwritten, LOL!

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