a reply to: makemap
Students have ALWAYS had to have access to more than one book, because no singular volume can be considered totally comprehensive, complete in its
depth of informational density, in a manner which entirely covers a subject and the matters upon which a student might be tested in any given field.
And fields worth studying in any seriousness at all, like medicine, physics of the high and complicated variety, engineering and technology fields,
are, in this era at least, constantly in massive flux. Physics as an example, has changed immensely in the last decade alone, year on year, hell, even
month on month, new discoveries are being made with various pieces of apparatus, from the LIGO and VIRGO detectors studying gravitational waves, to
the LHC probing the mysteries of the early universe, things are moving on a pace, and compiling data, writing educational material, editing it and
amending it, takes time. Its almost invariably the case nowadays, that if you want up to the moment information on a topic, you do not refer to a
hefty tome, but to a data heavy webpage or app, which directs you to the latest information.
Think about this logically for a second... Lets say that a new fundamental particle were to be discovered, tomorrow. A book written three years ago,
as comprehensive as it might be, cannot possibly be expected to contain that information, because essential principles of physics insist that if the
book was written three years ago, it cannot possibly contain information which will only be discovered, hell, hinted at, in the next twenty four
hours. If it could, causality would be broken, and none of the information contained within the book would be valid, because none of that stuff would
apply very well to a universe in which causality has been abandoned in favour of temporal chaos.
No, in order to access up to the minute data, about pretty much EVERYTHING, the internet is the place to be, the tool to both transmit and receive
that data, because none is equal to it, or even nearly as good as it. If I was restricted to the information I was permitted to access during my
education, the resources of information which were available at the libraries I had access to during that part of my life, I would be a much less well
informed fellow than I am. Certainly, I have done a fairly impressive amount of bookworming in my life, but books age badly with time, especially in
busy and ever changing fields like those I mentioned. The internet however, does not merely grow browned with time, dogeared from over use by
uncareful thumb, and the information within it does not become obsolete without being updated. Updates occur in realtime, as the information imparted
is being discovered. Its a faster and more reliable source of data, provided you know how to parse it.
Now then, with all the above being said and done, your tutors ought to be far more pro-active about delivering the course to the student, than to
have you all sit down in a classroom or lecture theatre, and instruct you to google the queries set by the curriculum. From practical demonstrations,
to the way a lecture is delivered, there is very much something to be said for the role of the educator. Ask Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is a man who
not only works in the field of Astrophysics, but takes seriously his role as an educator. He is head of the Hayden Planetarium, New York, part of the
American Museum of Natural History.
Not only did he enter the field of Astrophysics, absorbing all the data he could, but he also learned over the course of his life, to be a fantastic
orator, a master of the written and spoken word, with a rich, deep, interesting voice, which is capable of holding captive any ear which encounters
it. Not only does he know his subject well, and have a fantastic grasp of language but he clearly LOVES it, which means that when he speaks about it,
his understanding of language and subject matter, flow together to produce passionate, interesting takes on the task of explaining the finer points of
things to those who hear him speak.
Now, not everyone can be Neil deGrasse Tyson, but everyone who is teaching people something, needs to have a love for it, and for communicating the
subject, which is clear beyond questioning, have a preparedness to engage with both student and topic enthusiastically, and make students WANT to
spend their off time, deep diving subject matter related topics, just for their own satisfaction.