Thursday, February 16, 2012

Education Articles

Critical Thinking is Neither Thinking Nor Critical
By Bruce Deitrick Price

Critical Thinking is a glorious thing. That’s what our public schools are telling kids and parents.
Critical Thinking is said to be synonymous with fairness, impartiality, science, logic, maturity, rationality, and enlightenment. If you read some of the literature on Critical Thinking, you will have the sense that you are being welcomed into a new religion. 

In truth, that is a fairly accurate description of this highly popular and much promoted pedagogy.

Now, let’s start looking at Critical Thinking as if we, in fact, are critical thinkers.

The first thing that would need to be stated is that Critical Thinking, after all is said and done, in merely endorsing the age-old values of being open-minded and willing to consider all the evidence.  
But nobody disputes those virtues. So what are all the high-level educators going on about? When supposedly smart, enlightened people carry on as if they are tipsy on something, you should be on guard.

1 comment:

  1. I do not agree 100%. However, there is truth to the idea of a tyranny of change. I disagree that any new idea, must be good simply because it's new. The point here is that we must measure the cost of a new idea with the problems it portends to correct.