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Critical Thinking Education

Higher Education: On a Crash Course for Reinvention

Bob Kerrey | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Bob Kerrey

Well-intended efforts to change the general education curriculum have foundered on the shoals of academic politics. As a consequence, students are leaving college insufficiently prepared to be the kinds of leaders our world desperately needs.

A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for 'Argument' in Education

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Argument is a more complex and challenging cognitive skill for students than other genres of reading and writing, such as exposition or narration.

The Importance of Why

Laurel Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Laurel Schwartz

Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.

Negative Ads vs. Toulmin

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In recent years, a host of new logical systems have emerged which allow us to do things Aristotle's system cannot.

Negative Ads vs. Aristotle

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Proving that an argument is invalid (ideally by showing that it ends in a logical contradiction) is one of the most effective ways to destroy an opponent's case.

Why I Like Negative Ads

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
Jonathan Haber

I actually like negative ads. I know this might seem counterintuitive, given that negative ads suffer from so many shortcomings critical thinking-wise. But negative ads at least present an argument.

Campaign Finance -- Solved!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

No one in his or her right mind would spend over a billion to win an election unless the value of victory was much higher than that, which in the case of winning the presidency includes influence over trillions in spending (not to mention the other extraordinary powers and perks of office).

Critical Thinking: How Long Does it Take?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Far from being some form of esoteric knowledge, critical thinking turns out to be one of the more easy-to-learn and pragmatic skills available to all. Or at least all those willing to put in the reasonable amount of work needed to achieve success.

Civility

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.