In a tweet of Kelly A F Burton she mentions an interesting article of Peter Wood on Critical Thinking (CT) . Peter Wood has some critical thoughts on courses on CT in US colleges. I did not know CT is a subject in US colleges. As I do understand these are courses which teach a different approach to some subjects. Some courses teach methods of thinking, as I understand the article well. Peter Woods doubts if these courses really teach critical thinking.
“… Indoctrination is not and never will be “critical thinking…. ” (Peter Wood). In the Sixties, “krities” (a modern form of ‘critical’) stood for political and leftist content in my country. It seems this history is repeating in the US.
In a MOOC critical thinking is possible and not dangerous for grades or assessment, because teacher authority is not important in a MOOC. In a classroom authority of teachers is important and CT is threatening authority.
What if in this course “NDS 325 Black Feminist Literary Theory and Practice” a white male student (do they attend these courses?) is critical on the content of the course and the way the teacher selects topics in the course and what happens if he has different opinions? Students in courses like this want to have good grades. Do most of them avoid being critical? (I would)
I suppose CT is a range of different qualities of thinking:
- Do not accept everything authorities and teachers tell you.
- Kind of lessons students do not like at all (Tweet: “Critical thinking is probably the stupidest thing alive.”)
- Always react with distrust and suspicion.
- Developing thinking skills.
- Thinking and discussing and developing different opinions and insights.
- Inventing new theories and deviate from accepted opinions.
- to have a critical reflection in light of the issues that arise during thecourse or cross-cutting themes