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Critical Thinking - What Exactly Is It and Is It Really Something that is Taught?

I see references to critical thinking a lot and I get the gist of what it is but I don't recall ever having a course in it in K-12 or in college. Yet people talk about how it needs to be taught more.

by Anonymousreply 3January 19, 2022 10:25 AM

It really is something and I actually teach courses on critical thinking to corporations.

In a nutshell, critical thinking is "thinking about thinking," or metacognition. It's a process and a skill that's developed. It also involves recognizing preconceived notions and biases and learning to put them aside when they interfere with the decision making process.

by Anonymousreply 1January 18, 2022 2:16 PM

I had the course in high school. It taught us to recognize agendaed horseshit, manipulative horseshit and deflective/irrelevant horseshit. It was the first place I'd heard that if you can't discuss an issue from all sides, you're ignorant of the issue.

by Anonymousreply 2January 18, 2022 2:21 PM

I wish we'd had a course like that in high school R2

by Anonymousreply 3January 19, 2022 10:25 AM
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