I had to laugh today. I was teaching a lesson to 5th grade about internet resources, specifically online encyclopedias. I always show them a Wikipedia entry- this year I’ve used Mark Richt- mainly b/c at one time someone had altered it to say he was the new PSU coach, even altering the picture. Now I just tell the kids about the alterations that had been made, since they’ve been corrected. I always say Wikipedia cannot be trusted and is not to be used as a resource.
Today I was telling them that while the entry itself cannot be used, Wikipedia can be useful when using the resources and links at the bottom. Again, we have to use a cautious eye to determine if those links are even worthwhile. We looked through the "resources," I noticed one for ESPN and asked if ESPN was a resource we could trust. Without missing a beat, more than half of the class shouted, "NO!!!" A few added,"You can’t trust ESPN" "ESPN lies!"
I just about died!
I wish I could take credit for that, but I haven’t mentioned ESPN to this class. They came up with that on their own. (Granted, this is the class that has a number of students who walk in to the library/computer lab and always start talking PSU football, so who knows what adults at home have said.)