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Critical Thinking

What's Wrong with Donald Trump (and his Critics)?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

When I told friends, colleagues and family members that I was turning Critical Voter, a curriculum that used the last Presidential election as a sprin...

The Global Search for Education: Trends

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"There is a lot of pressure placed on education to act as one of the major levers to reduce inequality, but it cannot act alone."  -- Tracey Burns ...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

I wish to spirit you away today to the rarefied realm of celestial metaphysics by having you respond to yet another reason why people believe in old ideas.

Think Out of the Box!

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

'Think Out of the Box!' implicates that you have ever thought of such a thing like a box existing and to respect it, either because you have ever been...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity - Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.31.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Call it what you will: advertising, propaganda, public relations, indoctrination, lobbying, disinformation, brainwashing, spin, mind control, or manufacturing consent, they all have the same function -- getting people to think what you want them to think.

Teach for the Test Versus Learn for the Test

Eric Eisner | Posted 12.28.2015 | Education
Eric Eisner

The hundreds and hundreds of middle school students we see are more concerned with managing teacher expectations and less with learning. Standardized tests calibrate approval exclusively with right and wrong answers instead of any grasp of why an answer is correct or, better yet, why the question was posed in the first place.

Universities: Requiescat in Pace

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 12.28.2015 | College
Joseph A. Domino

The "modern" university has completely transformed itself from a bastion of humanism and critical thinking to a corporate business model, where the riches reside in the top administrative positions and athletic programs.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

You've met them. You've heard them. You know what they're like. Those slaves of antiquity! Those idolaters of yesterday! Forever wallowing in the past! "The past had all the answers! They were closer to the sources, the fountains of wisdom, the wellsprings of life!"

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

You've met them. You've heard them. You know what they're like. Those slaves of antiquity! Those idolaters of yesterday! Always wallowing in the past!...

Feelings Are Not Facts: A Dangerous Confusion

Terry Newell | Posted 12.05.2015 | Impact
Terry Newell

Feelings are not bad things. When we get our facts correct and integrate them with our feelings, our actions can help wonderful things happen in our lives. But when we act on feelings alone, as if they are facts, we have only half of what we need to build good lives and strong societies.

'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.

Educating for Democracy: Remembering

Joel Shatzky | Posted 11.29.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

It's been a while since my last blog, but I would like to believe that this was due to a series of fast-moving events nationally and world-wide, rathe...

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Conclusion: Promoting the Course

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.26.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

If you're the type of person who gives a quiet chuckle every time someone tells you that he or she has "the answers"; if you feel a sense of irreveren...

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.01.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

Teaching Our Kids Critical Thinking

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Michael W. Austin

Parents should equip their children to develop and practice intellectual virtue, because this is necessary for true human flourishing. But what is intellectual virtue? An intellectual virtue is an excellence of the mind.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 6: Keeping Students Uncertain

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Far from giving students "the answers" to philosophical questions, a teacher should keep students uncertain by making every answer as plausible as pos...

Unleashing Kids' Power; Unleashing Our Own: A Simple Way to Change the Experience of Life

Beth Green | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

Think about unleashing kids' power and that could sound like a bunch of 10-year-olds tearing up the house, but actually this is an amazing new campaig...

A Culture of Cheating at the University?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I will never justify any student engaging in cheating, I also must ask what we as educators and educational policy maker are doing that lowers students' zest for learning.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 5: Why is There Suffering in the World? -- Eight Theories

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

We were dealing with Aeschylus's view of how one might reconcile the goodness of God with the fact that so many good people suffer, as do children and infants, and yet so many bad people prosper.

Stop Marketing Pink Things to Women

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Could it be these enticing pink pieces are all a marketing trick? To go along with the sensitive emotions of women, they may not want to hear things, like their snoring partners. This is just another way for corporate America to tell women that they are the problem.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 4: The Social Sciences as Ad Hominem

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

I am not making a case in this article for modern or traditional thought, the existence of the gods, the origin of religion or the afterlife. I am simply pointing out that attempts to refute such beliefs with fallacies are doomed to failure by their providing psychological/sociological answers to what are essentially philosophical questions.

Those Who Say Guns Don't Kill People Are Anti-American Bigots

William H. Harwood | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
William H. Harwood

"Guns don't kill people. People kill people." We've all heard this argument. Some think it ridiculous, while others chant it like a mantra--especially every time one of a thousand massacres in the US manages to get airtime, or a kid shoots another kid.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 3: Student Reactions to Philosophy

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

It was apparent in discussing their reactions to the course that some students found it hard to accept that there are no universally agreed-upon answers to the big questions of life; that a number of plausible answers exist to those questions

100 Days Left to Make Good on Your 2015 Resolutions

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Siebold

If you haven't been as successful as you had hoped or didn't even make a dent in the goals you set at the beginning of the year, relax. You have just over three months to make good on those promises. Here are 10 tips for making the most of the last 100 days of 2015.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 2: Conducting Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.