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July 02, 2008

Wikipedia Blamed For Declining Test Scores

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As if any more confirmation were needed that Wikipedia is riddled with inaccuracies and false information, a Scottish parent-teacher group has come out against it as the cause of declining test scores. The Scotsman reports:

WIKIPEDIA and other online research sources were yesterday blamed for Scotland's falling exam pass rates.

The Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) said pupils are turning to websites and internet resources that contain inaccurate or deliberately misleading information before passing it off as their own work.

The group singled out online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which allows entries to be logged or updated by anyone and is not verified by researchers, as the main source of information. . . .

Several further education institutions have already banned students from using the interactive encyclopaedia. At one college in Vermont in the US, a history professor found several students repeated the same error in exam papers. On discovering the information came from Wikipedia, the college outlawed its future use.

Posted by TS at July 2, 2008 07:34 AM

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