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What Constitutes Teaching Thinking?

Bored Students 123RFAfter publishing my recent essay titled “Whatever Became of Critical Thinking?” I received a very appropriate question from a reader: “What approaches can teachers use to get their students to think critically?” Following are the most basic ones:

To begin with, critical thinking should focus on the particular subject being taught (history, literature, biology, etc.)—more specifically, on the challenges to understanding that characteristically arise in that subject.… Read More

 

Whatever Happened to Critical Thinking?

Back of Head with LightbulbWhen Arthur was in the first grade, the teacher directed the class to “think.” “Now, class,” she said, “I know this problem is a little harder than the ones we’ve been doing, but I’m going to give you a few extra minutes to think about it. Now start thinking.”

It was not the first time Arthur had heard the word used. He’d heard it many times at home, but never quite this way.… Read More

 

The Decline of Common Sense

Education, 37748881_sThe news is filled with evidence that common sense is increasingly uncommon. Here are a few examples:

“Sanctuary Cities” like San Francisco refuse to follow federal law and federal officials ignore the offense. (Common sense suggests that laws should be enforced or repealed, never ignored.)

An illegal alien murders a young woman and some commentators blame Donald Trump for the crime because he previously said illegal immigration is increasing crime.… Read More

 

Albert Einstein and Socialism

Einstein, 10887946_sSomeone recently sent me an article noting Albert Einstein’s favorable view of Socialism. Knowing that I have been critical of socialist ideas in the past, he asked whether Einstein’s statements changed my mind. It was a fair question.

After all, Einstein is widely considered one of the great scientific thinkers of all time, so it is tempting to reason that since he was able to unlock some of the deepest mysteries of the universe, he must have been able to discover political/economic insights.… Read More

 

The Cognitive Dysfunction Epidemic

Confused, 13564622_sHave you ever seen an ad for Cognitive Dysfunction (CD) like the ubiquitous Erectile Dysfunction (ED) ads? It might feature a man getting his truck stuck in the mud while the announcer intones, “You’ve learned a thing or two—now it’s time to get your brain working.” Or a man and a woman gazing at each other as these words appear on the screen—“When the moment is right, will you be able to open your mouth and say something intelligent?”

You haven’t seen such ads, of course, because they don’t exist.… Read More

 

Critical Thinking and Common Core

Common Core (Apples)The designers of Common Core claim that critical thinking is an important part of the program. As someone who has been involved in the Critical Thinking Movement for well over forty years, I seriously doubt that claim for several reasons.

First, the authors of Common Core’s statement on critical thinking seem not to understand critical thinking. The statement says:

The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies.… Read More

 

Educators Still Don’t Get It

educatorsIn a 2013 interview with the NY Times, Laszlo Bock, senior operations VP at Google, reported that the company now bases its hiring on candidates’ thinking ability rather than their academic credentials.  The reason? Company research revealed that college Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and test scores are “worthless” and that in some cases people who have never attended college outperform graduates.

Similar reports made headlines in the 1980s.… Read More