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Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation

Some time back, we highlighted the importance of helping children develop critical thinking skills, especially in this age of information. We also wrote about the problem of dysrationalia that affects everyone, especially those who are intelligent. The recent hoo-ha about the fake news on Facebook serves to reiterate yet again the value of critical thinking. “Honestly, people areContinue reading “Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation”

A Critical Thinking Exercise

Some time back, I wrote about the importance of Critical Thinking in the Age of the Internet. Although I have spoken to the boys – particularly G1, since he is older and has more understanding – that they cannot believe everything they see on the Internet, sometimes, it helps to have a real-world example to makeContinue reading “A Critical Thinking Exercise”

The Keys to Unlocking Students’ Problem-Solving Skills

One of the most challenging aspects of education is that we cannot predict what the world will be like when our children grown up. The best skill we can equip them with is the ability to handle change. That, and the ability to solve problems. No matter how the world changes, I think we canContinue reading “The Keys to Unlocking Students’ Problem-Solving Skills”

Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

Knowing how to think is not a given. Children need to be taught how to think critically, logically and with reason. This is because being intelligent and knowing how to think are not the same thing. The problem is called dysrationalia – the inability to think and behave rationally despite having adequate intelligence. Why isContinue reading “Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills”

Critical Thinking is Vital in the Age of the Internet

A parent commented to me recently how easy our children have it today. When they’re working on an assignment, all they have to do is search Google for the answers and it’s there. Back in our day, assignments meant hours in the library, searching the catalogues for possible book sources that we then had to lookContinue reading “Critical Thinking is Vital in the Age of the Internet”

Skeptical Parent Crossing #8 Welcome to the 8th edition of Skeptical Parent Crossing – another exciting episode in the adventures of skeptical parents as they embark on a journey to explore strange new parenting ideas and boldly go where no parent has gone before. Sonja Stewart from Parenting Squad explores a very thought-provoking subject in Mommy, What’s aContinue reading “Skeptical Parent Crossing #8”