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Colton Cutchens

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How much of a right do students have to questioning and independent thinking?

What is your opinion on how much students should be allowed to question? Do they have the right to question if they may see a logical fallacy? If so, how far are they allowed to question it? Why?

In addition: I understand teachers try to allow students to question, but sometimes are limited by the administration (and/or bureaucracy). Why is this?

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      Jan 5 2013: People seem to have less tolerance for stupidity lately. The young especially so.

      In all actuality it would go like this.

      Student: "I question that."
      Teacher: "You're not allowed."
      Student: "F U you moron ... etc"

      As people communicate more, and more quickly, it will only get worse, it will reach a point of zero tolerance and instant action. I pity the poor union teacher that doesn't adapt.
      • Jan 7 2013: Most people doing the questioning tend to be dumb, TED is a case in point where many educated people are seriously invested in their particular ideological paradigm (capitalist). This is status quo type thinking that merely reflects the rulers ideology, if you have the same ideology of your rulers, you're more often then not part of the uneducated and illiterate part of the population despite degree's you may possess.
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          Jan 7 2013: I really do not know what your point was.

          My point was simple, technology is empowering people, it has given them access to knowledge unseen since the at library at Alexandria. It has also given them less tolerance for stupidity or lies.
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          Jan 7 2013: I have no Idea why you chose me for your rant. I have zero tolerance for the irrational, the stupid, or the clueless.

          "Most people doing the questioning tend to be dumb, TED is a case in point where many educated people are seriously invested in their particular ideological paradigm (capitalist)"

          I do not know where to even begin on that ... the rest, you should seek counseling for.

          Oh, and along your lines of reasoning. Which party do you normally vote?
      • Jan 8 2013: @David

        I don't vote because I know the system is corrupt. You can't fix the problems current governments have by electoral politics. Your response just proved my point - you went into reactionary mode because you're hardcore. That is typical with most people on TED. You resorted to insults right away.

        I was just pointing out if your ideology is the same as the people you elect, it means you're probably not among the people who are intelligent and able to think critically about the world.

        If you have any historical understanding at all, all the gains have come from conflict (slavery, civil rights, etc). Rulers always resisted change in society, so status quo type thinking is usually the problem, not the solution.
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          Jan 8 2013: "Most people doing the questioning tend to be dumb"

          It is the opposite actually, the stupid people do not question. Obvious Troll is obvious.

          "TED is a case in point where many educated people are seriously invested in their particular ideological paradigm (capitalist)"

          Statement with no proof, and a total straw man.

          "This is status quo type thinking that merely reflects the rulers ideology, if you have the same ideology of your rulers, you're more often then not part of the uneducated and illiterate part of the population despite degree's you may possess."

          Rant, opinion, straw man, and contradictory to every thing I have seen at TED. People here are trying to tear down walls and are looking towards the future.

          Your second comment is just more of the same.

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