Believe me, I wouldn't want to be in Mike's shoes when it comes to reading some of the half-brain responses that you get. So sure, I can see why Mike has a lack of patience when it comes to these things.
But what I dont want to see is the healthy discussions deteriorate, all because of the few. I've just felt that Mike's tone has encouraged this somewhat. It's fine to argue your point and clarify things, does it always have to be followed by a jab?
"The fact that these are rather thin on the ground is not the fault of anyone here, however"
Which is why I think time should be taken not to put off people people who do have something reasonable and worthwhile to say. I read this site everyday, only comment occasionally, but I would hate to feel put off because people feel the need to put people down while doing it.
But it's been a long time since the days I used to trawl forums looking for someone to have a flame war with. I'm probably a bit unconditioned to it.
wooah, Mike, that was a bit strong wasn't it? I might not be seeing the whole picture here, but that attack seemed harsh and unprovoked.
Actually, I've read a few of your comments recently and felt they were disproportionally critical. You make fair arguments in your posts, but I feel you're beginning to go into the comments with your claws out and lash out at anyone who even infers they may disagree with you, which for me, undermines your position.
Please consider taking it down a notch. We are not all trolls.
As far as i can see, Mike's opinion has not been influenced by Intel. There are two sides to this story; how lessons are structured to improve learning, and how technology is used to help achieve it. Mike focuses on the former, while Intel is about the latter.
Has it taken anything away from the discussion? No. If anything it's polarised it, as people are now talking about the real influence technology has in the classroom.
I'm sorry if you feel you're being brainwashed by reading this sponsored article, but you aren't forced to. It's your problem you seemingly cant tell the difference between what is obviously Mike's opinion and whats Intel's marketing. Read another post, hell, go to a different blog if you have to. Frankly, the 'discussion' is fine without you complaining about the ways Techdirt tries to make money from these FREE, interesting, informative articles. Just be grateful you haven't got a flashing pop up banner in your face.