I have students that live and die by what Wikipedia says. I will say that I too read Wikipedia for a hint of knowledge; however, it is not the place I derive much of my scholarship for authoring that conference paper or guiding that class discussion. I have taught my students to challenge me at all times on information I deliver that sounds biased or just incorrect. Thus, I get a great laugh when at times I see students reaching for their laptops to fact check me. Of course, they always go directly to Wikipedia. This year I have the king of Wikipedia in two of my courses: Chris Tutunjian; Chris is in both my AP European History course and my AP US Government & Politics course; I also had him last year in AP US History. He has a big reputation for not only being frighteningly smart, but for keeping Wikipedia close. Seeing that he will be the valedictorian this year, I cannot complain too much. His buddy, Parker Malone, is not too far from hitting that button on the Internet that launches this encyclopedia source.
As for me, I just try to get my facts right. I do a pretty good job here; I mean, I must maintain my credibility with a room full of frighteningly smart students. My AP European History class is made up of students I had in AP US History last year. All of them not only passed the AP US History exam, but I believe most of them got a 5…the highest score one can earn. And if I can get that Lexi Peterson girl in that course come next week — the overall intellect will grow.
I do not fear being replaced by Wikipedia anytime soon. However, if my classes starts to resemble Professor Wikipedia anytime soon, the end could be near. Check this video clip out here.