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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:15 PM
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18. I spent most of my 20's in college. And one of my beefs with western academia is
the idea of 'correctness.' In truth (although just try and get a prof to admit this) 'correct' is relative to our existing knowledge base, and may be changed at any time given the discovery of relevant phenomena or data. Suddenly 'correct' is something altogether different than it was the day before. If there weren't people willing to challenge 'correctness,' we'd still be living in a Flat Earth society.

Humanity's knowledge base spans several thousand years, each discovery building onto or altering the previously-existing foundation. Encouraging (rather than discouraging) people to question what is correct would improve critical thinking skills, something sorely lacking in modern curriculum.

Of course, there must be boundaries. I believe this is what you're referring to. I just wish that educators would take a more enlightened and open view of what is 'correct'.

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