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Critical Thinking

Why Critical Thinking Will Never Be on the Test

Peter Greene | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Critical thinking is NOT starting with the conclusion that you want to reach and then constructing a bridge of arguments specifically designed to get you there, and yet this is perilously close to the kind of thinking a standardized test requires.

The Cost of Single-Mindedness

Mary Lippitt | Posted 03.20.2015 | Business
Mary Lippitt

Leaders are told to 'keep their eyes on the prize', but a single-minded approach is not the answer. While it provides clear direction, quick answers and a reason to persevere, narrow thinking blinds us to the big picture and the opportunity for creative solutions.

Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants Your Dollars

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace. Today's headlines read: "Creflo Dollar's lofty plan seeks $65M jet for global missions." And if that wasn't enough, the man bearing the name Dollar, is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each to purchase the plane.

A Closer Look at the Death Penalty as Utah Considers Firing Squads

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.11.2015 | Crime
Steve Siebold

If the Utah State Senate gets its way, Utah could soon use firing squads to execute some death-row prisoners. The measure passed 18 to 10 on Tuesday, ...

Governor Scott Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor; Wisconsin Becomes 25th "Right to Work" State

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Critical thinking says if you want to earn more money, bullying your employer with a mob isn't the answer. Production is. If you want to earn more money, provide more service.

Legalize Marijuana and Keep the Moral Police Out of Our Lives

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

While many people are clearly in favor of legalization around the country, our leaders in Washington still think they know what's best for us. Logic and reason don't always prevail in America. The moral police do.

Why Is 90 Percent of America Stressed About Money?

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

The reality is acquiring money is more about consciousness than currency. Building your financial empire and reducing stress about finances starts with changing your thinking.

3 Reasons for Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll's Final Call of Super Bowl XLIX

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
Steve Siebold

In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The discrepancies between rising graduation rates and declining thinking skills are indications that there is something profoundly wrong with the education-evaluation system, which is supposed to measure achievement but can be manipulated to create a false impression of success.

Teaching for Social Justice: The Case of Charlie Hebdo

Noumane Rahouti | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Noumane Rahouti

By incorporating real life events into the classroom, the content of the class becomes more interesting and more meaningful to students. Further, it assists in creating responsible and autonomous citizens who are critical of the information presented to them in order to destroy the dichotomy of "us" and "them."

How To Turn "No Way" Into "Way to Go!"

Colleen Turner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Colleen Turner

Are you dealing with a major problem for which you can't imagine a solution and feel like giving up? It may be that you are looking at your crisis in a way that's preventing your opportunities from emerging.

Faculty Alert: Why Are Employers Giving Low Marks to College & University Grads?

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Eugene Fram

What can educational institutions do to improve the low marks given their graduates by their employers?

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Kids -- What Do They Know, Anyway? Raising the Social and Political Literacy of the Young

Larry Paros | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Between 1964 and 1968 Yale Law School was the scene of Perspectives, whose purpose was to encourage and sustain an interest among high-school students in the issues confronting a free society by exposing them to a variety of perspectives. Our goal was the development of an analytic and questioning spirit -- elevation of their social, political, and artistic literacy.

Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

3 Ways to Improve Your Thinking

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Standing before a crowd and trying to think on your feet under pressure or offering answers off the cuff in a meeting doesn't always represent your best thinking. So what does improve your chances for analytical thinking?

Critical Thinking Skills: Higher Education Must Lead Business to Maximize Full Value of Employees

Bill Destler | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Bill Destler

Substantial long-term research and comments from employers suggest that a large portion of college and university graduates lack critical thinking skills.

This Small Midwestern College Is Challenging Every Student To Ask Life's Big Questions

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.04.2014 | College

About 70 years ago, Nathan Pusey, the president of Lawrence University, noticed that other colleges across the country were introducing courses explor...

Engaged Campuses

Daan Braveman | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Daan Braveman

Quite often the service aspect exposes students to issues of poverty, class and race -- issues they may not observe firsthand in their lives before college or even in their lives on college campuses.

One Practical Benefit of a Liberal Arts Education: Knowing What You Know

Keith Wade | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Keith Wade

"Why doesn't a philosophy professor need an umbrella?" went the old campus joke. "He can just presume it's not raining." Funny on campus; less so in the board room.

Carolyn Gregoire

The Surprising Downside Of Looking On The Bright Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living

As a culture, we love to tout the power of positive thinking. We're told to look on the bright side, focus on the good, and reach for the stars. We lo...

ISIS Beheadings and the American Separation of Church and State

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Richard T. Hughes

Americans who view a Christian establishment as a meaningful antidote to Islamic terror have already conceded the fight to the people they oppose since they would strip the United States of one of the most important pillars of American freedom.

Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

She Got MY Job!

Roger Wright | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Why did she get the job? Why not me? Was it her resume? interview? Or is there something else? There is something else. You never see it in the standard "how-to" books on getting a job. It's not part of career development or outplacement.

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.