Why is it Important to Teach Critical Thinking?

These points and supporting sources are found at:                                         Teachers’ Corner, ProCon.org

  1. 93% of higher education teachers believe critical thinking is an essential learning outcome.
  2. Critical thinking is considered the second most important life skill after interpersonal skill.
  3. Learning about controversial topics in school increases students’ political participation.
  4. Teaching controversial topics helps students develop non-violent strategies for dealing with conflict.
  5. Controversial issue assignments increase critical thinking skills and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  6. Studying and debating controversial topics in school helps increase student attention, motivation, achievement, creativity, and self-esteem.

“I don’t make jokes — I just watch the government and report the facts.”    –Will Rogers

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