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Eric 1stDiv, Triumphant

The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me

Posted on 2012.05.19 at 00:00


slchurchman at 2012-05-19 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
As a subnote to your wonderful essay on critical thinking, I wished to comment on the fact that these skills have long been part of elementary education curriculum, starting in kindergarten. Normally they are taught as part of reading instruction. Some skills really stressed in the lower grades are being able to sequence, find patterns,summarize, draw conclusions, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and making predictions. In the higher grades students are taught to organize information, analyze data, test, and evalutate information. The difference in fact and opinion are also taught.

It is not that people have not been exposed to this type of thinking. But, I'm left with a possibility of at least 2 conclusions. One schools are not doing a good job of this (although, I've seen students do this on a daily basis when it comes to reading). Or two being able to apply these skills in reading does not transfer to ones' personal life. There may be something to be said for going through life's experiences in order to transition from reading to life.
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