As an employer (and a tutor), I've thought a lot about Internet research. I like it but I realize that I actually have enough base knowledge to recognize the difference between authoritative sources and their clones. It's difficult to make those distinctions clear to the 18 and under crowd. (It's difficult for the over 30 crowd sometimes.)
If push comes to shove, I could actually do what I do with a pencil and paper. A slide rule would shorten things up, and a learning calculator would be great! Even Lotus would be helpful.
I have enough skills to do real math without technology. I could also research any topic without the Internet (although in some cases I wouldn't have the best statistics). I could write the Great American Novel in longhand if I had the interest and talent to write it in the first place.
It's easy to use all these wonderful shortcuts. It's fun. I'm really glad I could instantly (and pretty painlessly) do all of this and much more with essentially 19th century tools and skill sets of I had to.
I was in the very last class at my college who had the choice of taking the classical or contemporary version of my degree program. I took the classical option and I've never looked back. I had literature, history, religion, and so forth but I also had to take logic, botany, fine arts, language, and music. My actual major in undergrad was chemistry.
While I've never used botany on a day-to-day basis, I've used it more than I ever did the 'Feminist American Literature' class I had to take. :D
Now, I went to a very expensive, very selective, very holier-than-thou college. Your middle-of-the-road private colleges probably didn't (don't) offer this kind of old school skill set.
I have to say that my (then) elite prep allowed me to whip butt later in graduate school.
And with all that information and resources on hand, megimoo still cant get it right...
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