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Critical Thinking


Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

After years and years of fracturing, we have finally ended up with an election in which massive amounts of communication seems to have narrowed our conversation (and political options) rather than opened them up.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 6: The Ethics of Avoiding the Extremes of Family

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.02.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: Since we've already dealt with the Greek notion of the Golden Mean as applied to Success, I thought we'd dispense today with the preliminarie...

Six Quotes You Must Believe To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

What separates great entrepreneurs from everyone else? Most people would say things along the lines of hard worker, smarts, expertise, dedication, thi...

Critical Thinking In Environmental Education: A Quick Lesson In Application

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 07.05.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

Many educators agree that teaching critical thinking skills is necessary because it better prepares students to be more productive members of society....


Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

The fact that such a revolt has already broken out within the Republican Party has created a dynamic where doubt is already causing party members to not just question the party's nominee, but the entire philosophy undergirding the institution's conservative identity.

Story Telling

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Given how much coverage of the Pulse story has centered on what the candidates did and didn't say afterwards, clearly stories about domestic Presidential politics have taken precedence over stories related to the event itself (apart from stories of people dealing with personal tragedies, which have fortunately not been used to fuel partisan arguments - yet).

Redefining Education to Include More Meaningful Critical Thinking

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 06.20.2016 | Education
Nichlas Emmons

In a recent professional development session with a small group of teachers, our conversation evolved into deeply philosophical questions surrounding the purpose of education.

Why I'm Giving Up My Life As An Undercover Muppet

Kristen Lee | Posted 06.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kristen Lee

I was born with the entertainer gene. My hard wiring to please didn't go unnoticed. I was quickly nominated for the part of undercover Muppet, complet...

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

Association Fallacy

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Of all the fallacies described in Critical Voter, I suspect the one we'll be seeing the most of this election season is the already all-too-common Ass...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 4: How Greek Ethics Conquered the Western World

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

One of the purposes of a humanities course is to stimulate critical thinking. It need not always be a free-fire zone of narrowly focused rat-a-tat questions, but can be a leisurely ramble through a laid-back moodscape that poses a question in search of an answer.

The Unexpected Benefits of Those Embarrassing 'Uh-Oh' Moments

Jason Powers | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Jason Powers

So which mistake are you going to learn from today? In truth, your only mistake is simply not trying. Success or failure, it's a win-win.

Background Knowledge

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In an age when nearly all data is just a Google away, some thoughtful people arguing for the importance of critical thinking in the context of educational reform seem to see critical-thinking tools as separate from the data (i.e., facts) to which those tools should be applied.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 3: No Right or Wrong Way of Teaching

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

There will be successes and failures, and there will also be some question marks about how it all went, which is very normal when you're breaking new ground. The important thing is a willingness to try, and if you make a mistake, to make it gracefully, and just carry on.

What's Eating Us?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In trying to explain the contemporary state of American politics, once characterized by a revolt of the voters against the established political parties, we've tested a couple of hypotheses and found each wanting.

Stupid Is What Stupid Does aka Why You Should Love to Read

Merima Trako | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Merima Trako

Last night I used the word stupid in front of my children. I felt slightly ashamed. I felt as if some word police will soon be knocking on my door demanding that I turn myself in for being a lousy parent and allowing this awful word to cross my lips.

The Anxiety Thesis

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

There is indeed anxiety within the population, and other fiery emotions as well. So rather than reject the Anxiety Thesis entirely, next time we will build on it to see if something else might explain the strange world in which we are currently living.

Unsolicited Advice: "What Should We Tell Our Children about the Bible?"

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

A guest blogger on Unfundamentalist Parenting recently put into words a handful of questions that I imagine millions of parents have asked themselves ...

Envy in Disguise? 7 Reasons People Admire Donald Trump Even If They Won't Admit It

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Some people didn't take him seriously. Others were angry and outright disgusted by his antics. Donald Trump as the presumed GOP nominee? Who would have thought?

Hypothesis Testing

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Most of us probably expected an election similar to ones we've experienced in the past: a rowdy primary that finally settles down to each party picking a Senator or Governor (maybe a Congressman) whom the parties could rally around before going into battle in the Fall.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, "What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?" Long silence. Students g...

After College Graduation, What? Cultivating How to 'Think-Beyond'

Vinita Gupta | Posted 05.07.2016 | Business
Vinita Gupta

After providing the basic foundation, universities launch us in the real world with an inspiring keynote address at the commencement. In the life st...

Read at Your Own Risk: Three Red Flags to Look for When Evaluating On-line Articles

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff


Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

Engaging Your Opponent

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

t's probably too late to get candidates with a head of steam to start using rhetorical devices that still allow them to control debate while actually taking on the substantial issues they are supposed to be engaging with. But perhaps it is not too late for the rest of us to do so.