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Critical Thinking For The Rest Of Us

“Critical thinking” is a buzz phrase in educational circles these days, and with good reason.

Critical thinking is a disciplined thought process that uses criteria to judge the validity of something. Teach a child to think, and you’ve prepared him for life. Maglia John Wall Not just test-taking, or grade-making. But life, and the countless decisions we make day after day.

So critical thinking is, well, critical.

But maybe we adults should practice what we preach. ray ban pas cher Because so many of us are quick to form strong opinions based on the strong opinion of one other person. Who may or may not be right, but is certainly confident. And loud.

Why are so many of us reluctant to take the time to evaluate evidence and come to thoughtful conclusions? Do they have too much to do that they have insufficient time to read and question? Are they getting most of their information from a biased news organization and accepting it without questioning?

It’s easy to sit back and listen to a right-leaning or left-leaning radio or television talk show and nod our heads with vigor. nike femme It all sounds so good! The speaker makes so much sense! “My sentiments exactly.”

The problem is, we often don’t hear the counter-point. New Balance Pas Cher En Ligne So especially if we’re already inclined to agree with the speaker and his/her political slant, it’s too easy to swallow the next thing he’s handsomely paid to say.

Would we be gullible if we realized the need to dig deeply for evidence?

Critical thinking involves not only logic, but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness, according to Wikipedia. nike air max nettbutikk Critical thinking skills includes observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, explanation and meta-cognition.

Bottom line: It requires brain power. Feeling is easy. Solde Adidas Thinking is work.

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