If star trek/ star wars has taught us anything, its that they still need pilots in space. This tells us that there will always be a need for the human factor and computers can’t do everything for us.
If you are asking the question “should we stop teaching google-able things in school I would counter with what do we teach that that isn’t google-able? Not very much… So I think you’d be trying to argue the wrong point. Should we stop ASSESSING things that are easily google-able? In my mind that is a better argument. In the end both of these arguments come down to outcome based assessment and putting much more importance on the journey than the destination.
The real world connection.
Before my career as an educator I was a mechanic. I still tinker and do a lot of mechanic work on the side. I have forgotten a lot of little details and am constantly searching little details like torque or voltage specs. Googling the answer to these things doesn’t mean that I have lost the greater understanding of the big picture. I can still rebuild that engine, or troubleshoot your electrical system… Let me give you a quick example. I replaced the fuel tank in my 1968 C-10 this weekend. However I didn’t want the original tank that is behind the seat so… I used the internet to search tank dimensions and found that a 1968 mustang fuel tank will fit in the rear sub-frame of my truck. Long story short I have a ford duel tank in my Chevy truck. BUT… there is always a but with these darned out hot rods. The gas gauge for Ford and Chev trucks are different. In fact they are opposite, the Chev tank is 0-90 Ohms while a Ford is 87-8 Ohms. Follow me? (the gauge would be backwards, would read full when empty). However my understanding of electricity goes further than memorizing Ohms Law or total Ohms for each fuel sending unit (I did not know that the gauge would read backwards… I had to google it).
If we based understanding on memorizing facts then I would have failed. However, understanding that I can’t simply switch the wires and make the gauge work backward because that would be bad… (then I would have sent an electric current into my fuel tank… how do you think that story ends??) Instead I need to reverse the resistance of the sending unit in the tank.. Boom. done. (that’s a boom pun… cause there wasn’t a boom… get it?).
So as I show my kids these things I am not focused on the easily google-able fact of what is the Ohms range on the ford/chev fuel sending unit… I am going to make sure they understand the difference between volts and ohms and the significance of how this circuit works.