The search engines of today don't give whole answers, they give solid clues. I think the process is incredibly valuable but what we learn needs to change.
I am appalled at what has become of arithmetic. It no longer exists. I see it every day with people struggling to count change, or even add the numbers up to produce the appropriate amount.
If you can't do simple math how do you know what your gas mileage is? How do you know how long it will actually take you to get someplace? How do you know if you are getting the correct deal?
I don't think anyone needs to know the date of the start of the American Civil War. If you need it for a report or an article Google knows and there is no reason for me to retain that information. There are compelling reasons to know why that war started but not when.
In the US approximately one third of the population never reads a book after they have graduated High School. Roughly 20% of the college graduates never read another book. NOT ONE How can they keep current with whatever it is they are doing?
AAcckk. That really puts a bad taste in my mouth. Education only gets you started.