Amanda Ripley on low-tech critical thinking

In this interview with the Economist, Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How they Got That Way, discusses low-tech critical thinking as part of the success of Asian schools (and Finland) on the PISA test. "I have been to some of the most mediocre stultifyingly boring classrooms you have ever …

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Critical thinking in Texas

In case you missed it, the 2012 Texas Republican Party platform rejected the teaching of "critical thinking" skills: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification …

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