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The Earth is Flat - I Didn't Want To Believe it Either

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According to the rapper BoB, the Earth is flat. His recent tweeting activity included this insight as well as pictures to prove he was right.

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Also, how does one explain this?

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Or this?

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BoB is not alone, though – there is, of course, the Flat Earth Movement who agree with him.

 

Hell, they go one . Further, they have VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE.

200 ‘proofs’ of a flat earth here people.

 

If that won’t convince you then maybe this better-edited one will:

This video even has the great insight that while the scientists ‘claim’ that the water is subject to gravity, that’s not what we see.

 

Has anyone seen gravity? Anyone? Anyone at all?

 

And the conspiracy theories involving Freemasons and NASA aren’t far behind. What is missing, however, is how the Ancient Greeks came to the idea of a spherical earth. No doubt there is a time travel conspiracy there too.

 

Those people who genuinely believe that group work on the internet is a good way of learning, supporting the supremo charlatan Mitra, might want to think about how children will be able to filter out good and bad ideas. Or are they to ‘make up their mind’?

 

I suspect, unfortunately, that the answer to the last question will be yes. A belief in equality seems to have morphed into a conviction that all ideas have worth and are equally valid. One can’t say that an idea is wrong because it might hurt someone’s feelings.

 

Tough. While everything should be open to discussion, let us not pretend that the evidence for some ideas and theories is not overwhelming. The bar to disprove the Earth is spherical is incredibly high due to the accumulated evidence. As teachers, we owe it to our pupils to explain this explicitly and with examples, as well as debunking some of what is on the internet.

 

The need for knowledge is there regardless of the web. But given the Internet, the need is in many ways greater. Future generations need to know to cut through the misinformation there. What questions to ask about sources, why some are more valid than others. And I do believe that we should start as we mean to go on, at primary level. I don’t believe that any primary child should be researching on the internet until at least Year 5 and even then they should have a bank of websites they know are reliable (e.g. BBC) which they know to turn to.

 

It highlights the importance of the fact that if we are going to allow children to use the technology, we also need to teach how it can and is abused to propagate bad ideas and how these can be countered and avoided.

 

Human beings are capable of shedding bad ideas and theories. We need to teach when, how and why we do this so that they can build on past achievements rather than going round in circles regarding ideas that have been thoroughly debunked.

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