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Edwin Nazarian

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What does happen to our comments on TED?

We all know that today hardly anyone reads more than one book to write one page essay. Most essays and thesis are copied. Today’s technology provides us more information than we ever need. I have seen a lot of students using Copy / Paste from Wikipedia and presenting it as if they spend the whole night to write it. (some of them don’t even know what’s on paper, because they haven’t even read what it is)

Say the teacher asks them to write about what they think of Today’s Education System.
Students come home and ask TED community; What do you think about Today’s Education?

Within five days the Question will be answered by maybe over 50 members and yet some of us will disagree or like and so on and on. The students take the long and most liked comment and present to teacher as if it is what s/he thinks about Today’s Education.

Our comments can be copied unknown to us. I am not taking about Copy Right here, but the way our youth uses technology and information sources. They are more and more into technology and doing everything to be in it but not reading a book. They even can exchange the notes through the Social media they are in.

I tested some students, not many could read over 120 words per minute. They are not used to read long texts, just a few characters (which are on Facebook comments and text messages) Reading a printed book going to be history, Newspapers and magazines will soon follow. Above all from paper read one can’t use Copy / Paste.

have you ever thought about the future / destiny of your comment?

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    Sep 29 2012: i would say the students become more and more cleaver. But they have the rights to choose what to read.
    • Sep 29 2012: indeed, I agree you said that, and I am sure you know that in this way the quality of knowledge is low. the students are claver in technology, but they hardly could make 10 sentences conversation. yet I am not saying about maintaining eye contact.

      I have young friends, they can write perfect emails, but when we meet, they have no clue what to say and how to say it, and above all, they behave as it there was alone in their rooms in front of the PC, (because when one is alone they can do whatever they please)

      Please note I didn't mention about reading quality and speed, which in most case doesn't reach to 120 words per minute, it is too much for them... I think Tolstoy had to keep War and Peace as short as a text massage can be.
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        Oct 4 2012: I would be embarrassed to offer my unedited comment to anyone here. :)

        Just now, the word embarrassed is underlined in red......:)

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