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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 like this whole conversation but we are looking at it from an older person point of view on time. When your young and trying to get your degree in what ever you need to take short cuts on the trivialities that might not even be pertinent to your end goal degree. Besides even with copy/paste you still have to read it to know what to copy/paste hehe
    • Sep 30 2012: Sir,

      Age has nothing to do here... if you are in certain age you have to worry for your country's future and its future leaders education, your child, and grandchild will be the leader of your country by using Copy / Paste and then driving the country into darkness.

      This what worries me most.

      "Besides even with copy/paste you still have to read it to know what to copy/paste hehe" - reading is different to knowing and deeply understanding what one reads (not to mention memorizing)

      when I read,"Dreams from my father" - it blown me away (not for the story) but the way it was written, it was obvious that it was written by a well read person...

      but today there are more writers than readers - whoever cycles 100 miles writes a book about his journey.
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        Oct 4 2012: One who likes to cycle might find this information appealing.

        One thing I enjoy reading is sailing stories and the log books of sailors. It is not only entertaining but if you are a sailor, like I am/was, you can learn how to handle different circumstances that always crop up while cruising in a sailing vessel.

        For most land based people, this could be considered as a waste of time.

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