Ahhh, blogging on my new computer is what I imagine blogging in heaven is like. I had no idea that my old one had such problems, but now that they're gone? Angels singing.
Anyhow, this week's Spin Cycle is on Education. And I've been mulling it all week. So many angles, which one to choose. Then I realized that I haven't been on my soap box in a while. It's time I dust that off and take a moment to step up to where the air is just a bit thinner...
Education is becoming undervalued in our society. With the advent of the Internet, everyone thinks they know, or can find out, all the information they will ever need. No need to consult experts, no need to check facts. Surely, if it's on Wikipedia, it must be true, right? Who needs to pay attention in school? For that matter, why does anyone even pay for a degree anymore? We all seem to think we're Internet experts in every field (and we don't even stay at the Holiday Inn Express).
Here is a perfect example. Be honest now. How many people go to the Internet when they're not feeling well? You consult Web MD way before you call your own Dr. Sometimes you even diagnose yourself (and have the nerve to suggest to the Dr what you think it is you have...) Gone are the rules for how many days, or how severe your ailment must be before you call the doctor. Now you just hit the webs, go the pharmacy and do it yourself. Does that sound even remotely safe? Or sane? We still send Dr.s to school for 8 years. They have residencies and internships and all sorts of things. And somehow 20 minutes of trolling the web makes us capable of a diagnosis? Not so much. (I'd love to see survey of how many people have self diagnosed over the web, and applied a web cure to find out that either they did more damage, or the weren't really sick at all).
Then there's politics. Every one thinks they can run the country. We make judgments based on what we read on the web, or what an actor or talk show host has spouted. We listen to people who have no EXPERTISE in what they're speaking about. They haven't studied economics for years, or learned how health insurance works. These are people who couldn't tell you the difference between a hedge fund and a trust fund, but they'll tell you the government should never have bailed Wall St. out. Those people are all thieves. The make judgements on people's salary, with no real job description. Because the people doing the talking don't understands what they're talking about. They have read the cliff notes, and act like they've done their doctorate in the subject.
I'm just saying a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The Internet is a great tool for sharing, and for learning a little about a lot of things. But a website doesn't make you an expert. We still need to go to the Dr, read real books, go to class. Consult an expert and realize that it's worth whatever you have to pay for their educated opinion.
Ok, I'm pretty sure I'm the only spinner that went down this road. Go visit Sprite's Keeper and the others and see what's going on in class this week.