Critical Thinking

Spot the Flaw in a Politician's Argument With This Guide to Logical Fallacies

Humans are biased. We remember things that confirm our beliefs more than things that don’t. And every day, we’re presented with new information and …

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How One Gaming YouTuber Started An Actual Cult

Yes, people can make a living playing video games -- especially on YouTube (to teenagers, PewDiePie is more recognizable than Jennifer Lawrence). But …

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There's an essential skill not being taught enough in classrooms today

JUNE 23, 2017 ROCHESTER, N.H. —There's an essential skill not being taught enough in classrooms today, say a growing number of American educators. That skill is thinking.<p>“Most teachers never really ask students to think very deeply…. Most of what is assigned and tested are things we ask students to …

Education

Search Results for “critical thinking”

To apply oneself to great inventions, starting from the smallest beginnings, is no task for ordinary minds; to divine that wonderful arts lie hid behind trivial and childish things is a conception for superhuman talents.<p>In the foreword to the modern edition of this intellectual masterwork, Albert …

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Search Results for “critical thinking” – Page 3

<i>“The questions raised by the desire to know are in principle all answerable by common-sense experience and common-sense reasoning,”</i> Hannah Arendt wrote in her brilliant treatise on thinking vs. knowing and the crucial difference between truth and meaning. <i>“But the questions raised by thinking and</i> …

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Hang Up Those Question Marks

By SwimSwam on SwimSwam <i>Courtesy of Stuart Dustan</i>If Charles Darwin had chosen not to bother questioning the origins of life on Earth, the assumption …

Swimming

In Praise of Critical Thinking

I am riding in the <i>Vogue</i> van during Fashion Week, chatting with my colleagues, who I regard as highly intelligent professionals, when the conversation turns to ghosts. It seems that my fellow travelers, all graduates of fancy universities, have stories to share about haunted residences they have …

Culture

No Academic Freedom for Teachers

Developing critical thinking skills cannot be done if teachers are prevented from using controversial issues.

Education

A template for critical thinking

You might recall that last week we touched on the subject of critical thinking skills being included on college syllabi with the underlying and false …

Do Philosophers Care Too Much About Fallacies?

<i>I used to teach a course in critical thinking at Ghent University. As behooves a good skeptic, I first presented my students with the usual laundry</i> …

Philosophy

Four Reasons Why College Degrees Are Becoming Useless

By: Jonathan Newman <br>Students are running out of reasons to pursue higher education. Here are four trends documented in recent articles:<b>Graduates have</b> …

Education

UW is among best in U.S. for student critical thinking

<b>Laramie, Wyo. -</b> The University of Wyoming ranks among the top 15 universities in the nation in helping students improve their critical-thinking …

Education

The Conservative Attack on History Education and the Death of Critical Thinking Skills

Twenty-five years ago, we were in the midst of culture wars, and today we feel their affects. These battles were prompted by National History Standards which university faculty and school teachers had joined together to create. After the standards were initially accepted, a group of conservatives …

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Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

• Overview<br>• Editorial Reviews<br>• Product Details<br>• Related Subjects<br>• Meet the author<p>Overview<p><b>Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies</b><p>We’re surrounded by …

Business School

A How-To Guide on Taking up Critical Thinking Effectively

We all believe that critical thinking is important, yet not a lot of people possess critical thinking skills. Just look around and observe how most …

Reaching People Who No Longer Value the Truth

Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie—if you believe it. – George Costanza They say that the truth hurts. I’m inclined to agree. When trying to reach …

Mind

Is peer feedback the most effective way to teach?

A recent study by the Wall Street Journal shows that colleges in US fail to teach students critical-thinking skills. The situation is so bad that:<p>“At …

Pedagogy

Deeper Learning Is By Discovery, Not Delivery

We've been talking about Bloom's Taxonomy and critical thinking for as long as I've been an educator. And yet we still have work to do to get kids …

Teaching

Stop coddling college students • AEI

Back in my early days of college, I complained often and loudly about any professor who had the temerity to include attendance as part of the course …

Higher Education

What One University Likes About a Standardized Test of Student Learning

Some colleges have moved away from using exams like the Collegiate Learning Assessment to measure critical-thinking skills. An administrator at the …

Education

Why Using Logic Alone To Persuade Others Will Fail Most Of The Time

What research tells us about logic and emotions when it comes to the art and science of persuading others.<p>No matter your level, the size of your company, the industry in which you work, or your role, you need to be able to persuade and influence people. Those that do it really well do so in a way …

Leadership

Critical thinking in the age of AP classes

Jaclyn Grimm makes an excellent point regarding the misguided rationale used in Advanced Placement classes in order to promote better “college readiness” in her op-ed “AP classes aren't making students smarter.”<p>She makes a strong case for the obvious omission of and vital need for programs related …

Education

Colleges Are Failing to Teach Critical Thinking, Tests Show

At a time when many are debating the value of a college degree, a new test shows that colleges are failing at even the basic task of teaching …

Education

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical Thinking Skills

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to …

Education

Is College Worth It? Many Students Still Lack Critical Thinking Skills After Completing Higher Education

More<p>Is college worth it?<p>Whether you're a parent with a pen in hand preparing to write yet another hefty tuition check, a student with a headache …

Education

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills

Results of a standardized measure of reasoning ability show many students fail to improve over four years—even at some flagship schools, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of nonpublic results<p>Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to …

Education

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills

Results of a standardized measure of reasoning ability show many students fail to improve over four years—even at some flagship schools, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of nonpublic results<p>Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to …

Education

Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging.<p>At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality …

Education

How U.S. Universities Became Institutions That Close American Minds

The assault on free speech has become so commonplace in U.S. universities that CNN’s Fareed Zakaria felt compelled to speak openly about the obvious: …

Conservative POV

Teaching kids to think critically is crucial for their future

In this era of increased automation, where virtually everything is Googleable, teaching kids to think critically is more important than ever.

Teaching