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To David - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
To David
(Ed: You know, at 31, I'm finally growing into the big-sister thing. Many thanks to my honorary little sisters - kathygnome and inviolet)

> Encarta agrees with you about marxsim.

They let you have Encarta? :)

You know, in theory, the whole point of college it that it's a transition - from simply repeating what you've always heard, to really thinking through it and coming to your own conclusions. That's why one of the main skills you learn is how to research - how to find not only both sides of an issue, but the reasoning behind each side. Sometimes it will make you change your mind about an issue, more often it won't, but either way, you'll come out with a broader understanding of both sides.

When you're young, things are all black and white: there is Good and Evil, Black and White, Right and Wrong. You have to classify everything in the world that way, because you don't really have the critical thinking skills yet to understand the shades of gray.

College is about learning those critical thinking skills, so that as you start questioning the things you've always taken for granted, you have the tools you need to determine your own answers. Sometimes both sides are equally right. Sometimes both sides are wrong. Sometimes you don't have the information yet to know one way or the other, but now you know what questions to ask to find out.

And this is why information shouldn't be restricted at the college level - because you're supposed to be learning how to make decisions based on all the information you can find. Part of that is learning how to determine if it's reliable information, but you need to figure that out on your own, and the only way is to do it.

Now, there are technical reasons why the Internet access is restricted, probably more so then content issues. And a well-stocked library can make up for that lack (people did learn before there was an Internet, you know. They had these huge caves with paintings on the walls...).

My point, I suppose, is that you should realize that on some level you're there to learn, but on a deeper level you're there to learn how to learn on your own.

So, think about this the next time you throw something into a big box like "Marxism". Does it belong there? Could you make a smaller box to hold part of what you have in there? Or should you dump the whole box out and start again?

This is the time do do it, while you have the time and resources available to you. Too many people carry these boxes that they've been lugging around since childhood, sticking more and more things in each box, until they turn 50 and they stick one more thing into a box it doesn't belong in, and their entire world view has to dramatically change, all at once, and with no preparation. People ruin their lives over crises like that.

It's college. It's about learning and growing. Take advantage of it as much as you can.

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From: ex_inviolet697 Date: September 15th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm undone. What a superb treatise.

Without a doubt, we should print a thousand copies of it and then stuff them into every orifice of the bodies of that school's faculty.
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