In the past couple of months, we’ve been experiencing an odd phenomenon around here: people calling Mr. Improbable to find out if his website is real or a hoax. These are usually students — and once or twice, teachers — who call, on speakerphone, from a classroom.
Presumably, the idea is to teach critical thinking skills, and how to evaluate information on the internet.
Sometimes, we get e-mails. Mr. Improbable’s webmaster forwarded him this one yesterday:
hi my friend and i shane want to know if your website is credible or not. “http://improb.com/airchives/classical/cat/cat.html” You may think why the heck are we talking to you about this. but we are in school and are practicing how to know if sites are credible sources or not. so please let us know asap.
… and as she noted, “determining someone/something’s credibility often requires asking uninterested third parties who are not directly associated with the entity in question.” Well, and tactfully, put.
Parents, have your children experienced the ridiculousness of this particular assignment? Seriously, what is going on here?
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