“.. For now, more than ever, is not the time to be blindly following, blindly accepting, blindly trusting. Now is the time to face the world with eyes wide open –” Noreena Herz in critical-thinking. Teaching critical thinking is not a common practice in schools. The hard part of critical thinking is when teachers really want to foster critical thinking they will be the first to meet skeptical students and rebellious and challenging classes. That could be fun, but sometimes it is tiresome and frightening.
How to teach your students to think critical not in an aggressive way but to think critical in a cooperative way?
Make a difference between critical thinking on your personal beliefs and opinions as a student (which is teached in schools) and critical thinking on opinions of other people (which is teached less in schools).
Maybe critical thinking and reflection is not a part of curriculum because it is hard to test?
Do you know of official assessments on these skills? Even in academic teaching critical thinking of students is not always met with joy and encouragement. 😉
An educational consultant often twitters on Microsoft in a positive voice. I know he is working for Microsoft. That makes the value of his tweets different. Most messages are part of a hidden agenda.
The portrait is of Pierre Bayle, was an important critical thinking person. He lost his job as a professor because of his critical opinions. The English translation of the ” Dictionnaire Historique et Critique” was named by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson as one of the one hundred foundational texts that formed the first collection of the Library of Congress.
critical thinking; reflective thinking; skeptical thinking.