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Critical Thinking

President Obama Is Right: We Must Pass ENDA

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Your sexual orientation or gender identity should have absolutely nothing to do with your career. The only thing that should matter? Your job performance. There are so many very qualified, talented and hardworking Americans who happen to be LGBT. And so what if they are?

A Race Toward the Mental Finish Line

Amitai Shenhav | Posted 12.23.2013 | Science
Amitai Shenhav

Imagine that each time you have to make a choice there are two imaginary lines drawn, one to your left and the other to your right, both equally spaced from where you start out.

How to Leap From Employee to Intrapreneur (and Be The Change You Want to See)

Tom Lowery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

Simply put, intrapreneurship is behaving like an entrepreneur while you're working at a large organization. This involves assertive risk-taking and innovation, not just waiting around to be asked to do something.

Literature, What Is It Good For?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal arts in general, and literature in particular, stills hold for college students.

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice

Robert Sun | Posted 11.19.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.

Message to Obama: 'Stop Being the Policeman of the World'

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to bring all the troops home, secure our borders like Fort Knox and reduce our foreign policy to negotiation, trade embargoes and other fiscal restrictions.

The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Anyone who believes limited strikes will not escalate into larger scale commitment is underestimating the complexity of the conflict. And besides, the United States isn't even committed to a regime change.

The High Cost of Ignorance in a Free Society

Dan Bimrose | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

Education represents the key to our future. Until our state and national leaders make sure a high percentage of our best and brightest go on to pass that knowledge on to the leaders of our future we are doomed as a nation.

When Media Reports Distort Study Findings

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

What most people remember are the shocking headlines linking fish oil supplements to prostate cancer. To avoid falling into this trap in the future, ask the following questions when the next big scare comes along.

The Wealthy Are Not Narcissists Despite New Report

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

The negative projections and derogatory labels placed on the rich are endless. One of the most common is that the rich are cocky, arrogant people who think they're better than everyone else.

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...

Science Is: A Question

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

Science is a way of thinking about the Universe in terms of measurable and empirical evidence, ergo science is also a method of testing the same, and it is about that method that I am writing today.

Developing Cognitive Competence: Learning the Skills of Argument

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

This is the key for our future. We must ensure we are building a nation of competent citizens capable of thinking critically at work, at home and in the public arena.

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.

Religion Becoming Obsolete? It Could Happen!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Steve Siebold

Religion will continue to be popular in a world that's addicted to the emotion of hope. Critical thinking says people don't believe in the Bible because it's believable; they believe it because they want to believe it. They need to believe it.

Detroit Must Grow Up and Liquidate Assets

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The message we're sending other cities as well as our own citizens is it's OK to mismanage all of your money because the government will come riding in on the white horse to save you.

Fourth Trimester Abortion: Are You Serious?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Today I want to talk with you about fourth trimester abortions. I hope you are already asking yourself what this means. The term itself makes no sen...

What If I'm Wrong?

Matt Murrie | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

Who is Ethan Porter? According to Ethan, he is: a Philosopher of Science, Professor of Darkness, Harbinger of Despair, and (among plenty of other thin...

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.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

The Real Business of Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Paul Stoller

If you go to college you should leave campus with a tool kit of skills that will guarantee a good paying job -- a good return on your educational investment. It's hard to argue with such an idea.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp Needs to Back Off -- The Court Has Spoken

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Huelskamp is going to continue to try and block same-sex marriages by amending the U.S. Constitution and introducing the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here's the most laughable part: Congressman Huelskamp's home state of Kansas isn't even backing him.

A Game-Changing Education Book from England

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

A British schoolteacher, Daisy Christodoulou, has just published a short, pungent e- book called Seven Myths about Education. It's a must-read for anyone in a position to influence our low-performing public school system.

The Supreme Court Gets It Right on Gay Marriage!

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

I've been a firm believer all along that gay marriage would be legal in all 50 states in the next 10 years, and today's decisions by the Supreme Court make me believe that that is more realistic than ever and could even happen sooner.