Loyd starts the article with a link to the Dubious Quality Blog, where the author, Bill Harris, of that post relates the process that most teachers used when they went through school using the card catalog to find books that related to the topics they were interested in. The blog post continues on and relates to how different the process of obtaining information is today, using a story about a friend's children and stating, "We were a generation of information explorers. They are a generation of editors."
To come full circle. Why haven't teachers figured this out and adapted their teaching strategies to leverage the skills students are already using? I think there are a few reasons and I have blogged on them previously, but I think as a profession, we need to take a good long look in the mirror and decide we are going to do what is going to prepare the students we teach for a future that is going to require them to manipulate, evaluate and edit large amounts of information. We need to give them the skills to make sense of the information and utilize it in new and different ways allowing a synergistic energy to build upon itself creating new institutions to advance the society as a whole.
I know... I went a little on the idealistic bent, instead of being pragmatic, but I think we need to know what might be possible if we move forward. Instead, we sit in our classrooms, bound by NCLB and high-stakes testing that professes to be in our best interests, yet is the thing that holds us accountable to the past.