By Zhai Yun Tan
Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?
If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?
Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google.
“What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ ” Heick says. “That was a real eye-opener to me.”