Posts Tagged ‘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 seen, and there is a $4,000 digital smartboard on every classroom wall. There is a fixation with gear and consumption in this country, which manifests itself in the classroom in spending money on stuff instead of people… but we do have ipads for everyone in Los Angeles.”



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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 and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Which they subsequently said was a mistake…  for which they were royally roasted by Stephen Colbert (The Word, July 17).

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss (The Answer Sheet) notes: some cognitive scientists believe critical thinking is not a skill that can be taught.

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