Monday, February 16, 2015
It is urgent for our education system to get down from their anti-social-network pedestal
It's Time to Teach Networking in Schools and Universities
It would be a lot better if we started thinking education differently. Exams should be performed with all communication tools at the disposal of the students. We do not need isolation and so on to do that: a project is by far enough. And then the real part has to be a one-on-one or a one-on-jury presentation of the project and there you can check if the students has been able to assimilate his subject and the matter he collected.
Take care of the future. It's already here under our feet. Let's walk with it and not tread or trample or stampede on it.
I only teach to vocational students and I always find the same difficulties with them. They do not know how to search anything on Google, they do not know how to use Google Translate, they do not know how to start a professional email and how to end it, they do not know how to address someone in an email, first contact, and later, American, English or French. Their bosses (and these students are studying part time and working part time paid full time by their bosses) want me to teach them how to use the machine they have on their desk, the computer and the Internet and eventually their telephone. They do not know how to answer a phone call, how to place a phone call, how to have a professional phone call on a very technical subject in absentia, without seeing the interlocutor. etc...
So frankly Facebook and sms.messages are really a secondary question. By the way can you reduce something to 120 characters like for Twitter, or to 600 characters like for LinkedIn? That is a question. How can you get your message through in less than one hundred words? And I am always amazed how Amazon consumers do not like long reviews though Amazon has extended these reviews from 1,000 to 5,000 words, though they kept the 1,000 word limit on IMDb.
By the way we can have very meaningful exchanges even on Facebook and Youtube, if we really try and if we speak to people who are more interested and interesting than just by and in scoring for a quicky next Saturday night during the football match. And I can tell you that Facebook is far from being only young people and students. Employers know that and check such pages. I have just asked one of my students who is applying for an Internship in
I just think your response is off the point
"It's absurd. Universities are " etc
The I guess the English Universities like Oxford that have classes to sensibilize students to how to establish contact with another student, male or female and keep within limits that will prevent any kind of rape or rape attempt, are off the point and should be considered as ABSURD. You are living in an intellectual ghetto.
In 1974 I answered the question of the day of the local paper in Davis, California, that Davis was a great place for people who wanted to live in an intellectual and academic ghetto and have some serious research to do (which was my case), but it was not exactly a place where real life was particularly boiling, in spite of the black organizations, the gay associations and other networking institutions, before Facebook.
Take care and try to understand why a full amphitheater of students in
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You really come directly out of the New Testament with your "pop culture trivia."
Was Dickens who was published in small installments every week or every month and peddled down to the villages along with ribbons and safety pins nothing but "pop culture trivia" in his time? And is he now?
What about those musicians who could only cause trouble in the concert halls where they performed? These have existed all along since music was invented by Homo Sapiens some 350,000 years ago. And what about popular poet in the Middle Ages who composed Tristan and Isolde, the versions performed on the markets?
Today's pop culture trivia is tomorrow classic references and classical pedagogical matter.
What fed Shakespeare in his time? The popular audience of his theater or the publication of his sonnets that only those who could read could eventually appreciate if they got a copy? How many copies? I should ask how many hundreds of copies because it was a lot less that one thousand or at the very most coming close to that one thousand, and how close? And what proportion of readers in the English population, even in
Is the sexual and obscene trivia in Shakespeare's plays nothing but trash scattered upon the most delicate, intricate and intelligent plot and sentiments and assets and stakes? Is the excessive violence of Titus Andronicus worth even quoting? It is nothing else but a horror story and even Stephen King would not be that gory.
You are just not in contact with this civilization that is growing in front of you, under your nose and in front of your eyes. You are blind like Mona in William S. Yellow Robe, Jr's play "The Star Quilter" but you have never been able to see or feel the sap, the blood and other human fluids flowing in this society, including on the campuses and in our classes.
Wake up, man, the world is growing and it will be growing in the future without you if you do not get on the chuck wagon. You may even starve on the shoulder of the road, if not in the ditch, that is if the young texting hooligans on the chuck wagon do not throw some hot dogs at you, and just pray they don't sic these hot dogs at you.
Have a a good day
You have a very unique perspective. Normally, universities and vocational schools require the adults they enroll to already possess basic functional skills, which they should already have learned before enrolling in college. Learning basic hygiene and communication and social skills are part of what parents are supposed to teach us from the time we are children. By the time we graduate from high school, we should have learned basic math, spelling, and history. I am uncertain what kind of vocation you are going to teach adults who cannot even handle basic day to day skills, but I am not going to pay for it. If they do not have productive skills that will benefit a professional organization or the people its goods and services are designed to serve, I am unsure what exactly you are trying to accomplish.
If I am living in an intellectual ghetto, I do not know what kind of ghetto you inhabit, but I would venture to guess I am probably better off.
Having no discernible skills as an adult who is about to enter the professional job market--especially when this is happening at such an unprecedented magnitude that the entire education profession has been hijacked to cater to people who not only the cannot demonstrate the skills any reasonable person would consider a normal prerequisite for entering college in the first place, but also appear to be proud and belligerent that their selfishness and dedication to self-abuse and ignorance have resulted in a virtual cessation of the normal functioning of both private and public sector institutions is a condemnable obscenity not to be tolerated.
Your attitude of disrespect and dismissiveness toward me as you champion this unbelievably arrogant domination of resources, time, money, and effort from the rest of the world, largely populated by well-educated and accomplished adults who find this entire display an absolutely unacceptable and unforgivable slap in the face does, however, speak to your incredible courage. I am uncertain where you will take this from here, but you have certainly demonstrated a willingness to engage in international affairs that, from my perspective, certainly do put you in an elite category of individuals with regard to your ambitious vision.
I am no match for you, sir, and will gladly concede the rest of the argument.
Better concede the rest of the argument like
Play the game "I am insulted" when you just say others are "absurd" and the circle has been turned into a square. So sorry if you believe I am not in mathematics but in qualifying you.
The way you do not want to understand and the way you reject all that young people do that is so unproductive that the founder and owner of Facebook is making a fortune and Mr Ma from Alibaba is one of the most economically powerful persons in the world along with people like Bill Gates, such attitudes towards young people and the world the way it is developing, the condescending attitude against people who have not acquired the basic skills (which one exactly besides reading, writing and reckoning) in high school, all that makes you a perfect academic ghetto resident, and that is all. So if you consider the debate is closed, fine with me. It is for you, but it is not for the world.
And I live in the world and certainly not on a campus. I visit one from time to time but I would never reside on it.
Have a good day