Research has become an integral part of all school subjects. Kids design and perform experiments and observations. They go to the library and search the Internet to find out what life is like in another country. They interview Uncle Nate, survey their classmates, and read up on Abraham Lincoln.
Research is so central to the educational process for a good reason: it's useful in almost every walk of life. Knowing how to find the information you need is almost as good as knowing it already. It's not what you know that counts, it's knowing how to find out.