Wikipedia is being used by all levels of students in education. Many people wonder how this free online information service affects the subject knowledge of students.
This also raises questions about the accuracy of the information in Wikipedia, since the database of information has been placed online by the general public and not from a source such as Encyclopedia Britannica.
The reality is that Wikipedia has been accessed heavily by Internet users. Out of 100 prominent K – 12 education terms in U.S. and world history, these terms came up first 87 times and second 12 times.
This indicates that students and others are accessing this information on a regular basis, because they are very popular (Michael Petrilli, Hoover Institution of Stanford University).
I have read that Wikipedia is a good resource, because its information is fairly correct when it comes to history and some of the othet subjects.
I have even been told, along with doing a little comparison check myself, that the scientific information is fairly accurate.
This presents a challenge to education - Does education accept Wikipedia or ban it from use in schools?