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Critical Thinking

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.04.2015 | 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 | 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.

It's Time to Pay College Athletes

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Steve Siebold

It's one of the biggest debates in sports: should college athletes be paid? Everyone from sports fans and media personalities to the players and general public seem to have an opinion.

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.

The Simple Habit That Will Lead To A Creative Breakthrough

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregory Ciotti

Stop before you are empty, define your goals the night before, and step away from problems midday with a contemplative walk -- it might not turn you into a famous writer, but see if it doesn't help with your creative process.

Why Is It So Hard For Us To Do Nothing?

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

It is summer time, and the living is easy. You can, at last, indulge in what is surely the most enjoyable of human activities—doing absolutely nothi...

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.

Washington State Next to Set Great Example for Legalized Marijuana

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Not only would legalization save billions and empty half of our jails, it would also save tens of thousands of lives around the world from the vicious drug cartels. And the proof is in Colorado thus far.

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"While there is rich cultural diversity in Asian countries, it is not as pronounced or complex as in many Western systems such as the USA and the UK....

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

Religious Extremists and Societal Indoctrination Still Threaten as National 9/11 Museum Opens

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's the event the world will never forget: September 11, 2001. It's a day that forever changed America, and the world, as 2,983 innocent people lost...

New Research: Millenials Prefer Paper to Screens -- But Do They Perform Better With Paper?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

When I speak to parents, I often hear that they are scared that this generation of students is losing out because they are learning so much more on screens.