Papananook posted the following this morning and I am carrying it over here. Ah, so easy, this copy and paste.
I think critical thinking skills are key to our success, individually, and as a community, nation, and world.
I love how Barack Obama is emphasizing his mother's influence on his school years. She woke him at 4:30 to tutor him, not fun, maybe, but essential, yes. Now, we have a president who can think. May that process expand and root deeply in the world.
Are you a critical thinker?
Quality thought is vital. So why don’t schools foster it?By Linda Elder
from the March 12, 2009 edition
Dillon Beach, Calif. - How can we hope to thoughtfully address the economic issues, conflicts, world poverty, and many other pressing concerns that trouble our planet, if we don't take the way we think seriously?
We can't. To effectively deal with these issues, we must cultivate the spirit of critical thinking throughout human societies.
Right now we are not even teaching the skills and dispositions of the critical mind in our schools. We are not cultivating the intellect.
Everyone thinks; but we don't always think well. In fact, much of our thinking, left to itself, is sloppy, distorted, partial, uninformed, or prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and all of the decisions we make depend precisely on the quality of our thought. At present, the act of thinking is virtually ignored.
Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking that aims to take the reasoning we all do naturally to a higher level. It is the art of analyzing and evaluating with the goal of improving thought. When making a decision, it is the difference between weighing information to come to a logical conclusion and making snap judgments without understanding the information.