Sunday, 13 July 2014

Libraries should promote learning, not police values

Libraries should promote learning, not police values 
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being a bastion of knowledge, public libraries also enable Singaporeans
to participate more effectively in building a better society for all.
To be engaged citizens who understand trade-offs and propose expedient
solutions requires that we be exposed to information and viewpoints that
at times may challenge what we hold dear. Critical thinking skills are
best honed when we are exposed to contradictory ideas, data and dogmas. -
See more at:
http://www.edvantage.com.sg/content/libraries-should-promote-learning-not-police-values#sthash.Cku2qWiU.dpuf





Besides being a bastion of knowledge, public libraries also enable Singaporeans to participate more effectively in building a better society for all. To be engaged citizens who
understand trade-offs and propose expedient solutions requires that we be exposed to information and viewpoints that at times may challenge what we hold dear. 

Critical thinking skills are best honed when we are exposed to contradictory ideas, data and dogmas. 

Political scientist James Fishkin, widely cited for his work on deliberative democracy, has identified five
elements integral to legitimate deliberation. They include making accurate information and relevant data available to all participants, and attaining substantive balance where different positions are compared based on their supporting evidence. 

There is also a need to allow for diversity, where all major positions relevant to the matter are considered, and the practice of conscientiousness, in which participants sincerely weigh all arguments. 

Finally, equal consideration should be given to views based on evidence and not on the people who advocate those views.
 cited for his work on deliberative
democracy, has identified five elements integral to legitimate
deliberation. They include making accurate information and relevant data
available to all participants, and attaining substantive balance where
different positions are compared based on their supporting evidence.
There is also a need to allow for diversity, where all major positions
relevant to the matter are considered, and the practice of
conscientiousness, in which participants sincerely weigh all arguments.
Finally, equal consideration should be given to views based on evidence
and not on the people who advocate those views. - See more at:
http://www.edvantage.com.sg/content/libraries-should-promote-learning-not-police-values#sthash.Cku2qWiU.dpuf


Besides
being a bastion of knowledge, public libraries also enable Singaporeans
to participate more effectively in building a better society for all.
To be engaged citizens who understand trade-offs and propose expedient
solutions requires that we be exposed to information and viewpoints that
at times may challenge what we hold dear. Critical thinking skills are
best honed when we are exposed to contradictory ideas, data and dogmas. -
See more at:
http://www.edvantage.com.sg/content/libraries-should-promote-learning-not-police-values#sthash.Cku2qWiU.dpuf
Besides
being a bastion of knowledge, public libraries also enable Singaporeans
to participate more effectively in building a better society for all.
To be engaged citizens who understand trade-offs and propose expedient
solutions requires that we be exposed to information and viewpoints that
at times may challenge what we hold dear. Critical thinking skills are
best honed when we are exposed to contradictory ideas, data and dogmas. -
See more at:
http://www.edvantage.com.sg/content/libraries-should-promote-learning-not-police-values#sthash.Cku2qWiU.dpuf