Editor’s note: This essay is one of three Second Prize winners of the Copyblogger Media Essay contest, for which writers had 250 words to discuss why it’s essential to be an online authority.
I was cleaning out my attic and came across a great reminder of my early high school days: a homework assignment called “My friend the Axolotl.”
Back then it was considered “character building” to accumulate knowledge and to find my own answers to questions.
So as I sat there in the faint light of my dusty attic reading about all things axolotl, I started to remember the hours I spent trawling for axolotl information in the nature books at home and the local library.
Nowadays kids have the same kinds of assignments but they don’t have the same kind of approach.