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Creating Critical Thinkers

2 responses to “Creating Critical Thinkers

  1. the vegan teacher May 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Absolutely. My goal in life. Peter Johnston says one of the most important things you can tell a child is to never believe anything any adult says (without some questioning). Sadly, many of my fellow grad students look at this in disbelief– “But what if they don’t respect me? What if they don’t listen to me when it’s time to start our social studies lesson?” I mean, really? Ridiculous. I am here to teach children well, not to teach social studies.

    Bravo! Make thinkers, not parrots or mindless automatons. I sadly don’t have a single teacher that I can point to and say “(s)he changed my life, inspired me, opened my eyes…” All of my teachers drew within the lines, followed the rules, taught strictly from the books and didn’t add much in the way of personality. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but far from the dimmest bulb in the box, and that’s recently left me wondering where I would be today had their been such a teacher in my life, inside the classroom or out? Be that teacher every chance you get. 😉

    Peter Parkour

  2. teeni May 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I totally agree with this. I don’t want future generations just swallowing everything they are “fed” into their brains. They need to question what they’re eating and why, as well as start deciding for themselves what they would like to eat and learn how to make it! Food makes a great way to illustrate this point.

    A great illustration indeed, and I would keep going with this, well beyond the schools and food. Question everything, including yourself. Why do we like the things we like? Why do we buy the things we buy? Why do we vote the way we vote. Why do we hate the things we hate? Why do we love the things we love? We’ve all had so much crap spoon fed to us since birth by way of toys, TV, roadside advertisement and by actual spoon; we tend to accept it all as “that’s just the way things are”. Question it all, question everything and teach the next generation to do the same.

    Peter Parkour

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