Silly question I know and when I first asked myself this I answered myself with a resounding NO. Then I started thinking about it a bit deeper. A person in my building approached me yesterday and said that she was doing a research paper with her kids and she wasn't letting them use the internet. They needed to learn the "basics" first which are effectively reading an article and deciphering information. Basically doing research. the kids are just not well versed with this kind of activity. I would tend to agree, for the most part, they should learn the basics. What are the basics though? I think they have changed a little. The old way of doing research has shifted a bit. The basics have expanded a bit to include learning how to deal with the deluge of information that is available to you and to make that information come to you through RSS feeds and aggregators. That there is debate going on out there on all kinds of topics that go deeper than simple articles on the subject.
The concept that we are all connected now more than ever is a concept that needs to be used as "the basics" and kids need to learn how to navigate and handle themselves in this environment. I am curious to hear other's thoughts on this.
To me telling a kid to research without the web is like telling them to walk without using their legs.