Share via Email Critical thinking and teaching through the Socratic method have been around for donkey's years. Why then are they not used and recognised? The comments on the article perhaps predictably focused on the lack of any form of assessment for rational thought, or the ability to assess critical thinking as a skill within the framework of most subjects. But the truth is, critical thinking and teaching through the Socratic method have been around for donkey's years.
If you wonder what took them so long to actually state that publicly, it is really a matter of timing. It helps gin up their anti-intellectual base. With regard to critical thinking, the Republican Party of Texas document states: Yes, challenging beliefs or claims is considered insubordinate, immoral and could lead to rebellion, disobedience or perhaps worse: Critical thinking is a direct challenge to the "leaders" and their claims on authority, and any opposition to vertical arrangements is ethically unacceptable to those in power.
Reactionaries have long known that enshrining ignorance and hierarchy in both thought and practice within the school curriculum is essential if the control of young minds is to be accomplished softly and quietly yet profoundly through propaganda and perception management.
In the quarters of obedience training, "education" has nothing to do with "schooling" under capitalism. The Public Intellectual This thinking is not new. The book echoed the morbid thinking of many so-called Gilded Age educators at the time.
One such passage from the book sums up the thinking regarding children and childhood: The Republican Party platform gets worse when it comes to prohibiting thinking critically about science or the scientific method.
Take the section on " controversial theories," found on page Controversial Theories - We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced.
Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
Alternative beliefs such as creationism are now cleverly invited into the curriculum as so-called science or theories to debunk the purportedly false notions of the theory of evolution. But if critical thinking is not to be used in the classroom, how would these beliefs be examined for evidence?
Science, the scientific method, critical thinking and the process of subjecting claims to evidentiary experimentation - all related activities - pose a threat to self-proclaimed power and the harbingers of supernaturalism.
This status was obtained for tax purposes, and it would take another article to demonstrate how nonprofit status has been hijacked by special interests charter schools in this case in the interest of profit extraction.
Keeping with the Republican platform, they promise to make obedience training and anti-intellectualism the cornerstone and foundation of education in Texas, to the detriment of students and society.
This is now the case in Louisiana where, as The Washington Post reported, "A biology textbook used by a Christian school in Louisiana that will be accepting students with publicly funded vouchers in the fall says that the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland is real.
In Louisiana, taxpayer money is given in the form of school vouchers so that parents can now see their tax monies spent on a supernatural curriculum bent on teaching that the Loch Ness Monster and other fairy tales are true. The sad part is that all of this is now encouraged, by forces bent on enslaving the minds of children, as the new "curriculum circus" in schools.
In the New Digital Dark Ages, where the landscape is packed with scurrilous corporate politicians on the take, textbook companies clawing for educational profits, and tent preachers looking for a congregation of sheep-le and a quick Elmer Gantry buck, the people who suffer are students, teachers and the average citizen.
Here is some more of its chilling content: Opposition to statehood or even Congressional voting rights for the citizens of the District of Columbia And no-questions-asked support for Israel because, and this is another direct quote: This is not only a telling moment for a complex empire in spiraling decline, but also a frightening moment, for we can see evolution transformed into devolution and schools converted into the supernatural rabbit holes that lead to Alice-in-Wonderland gated communities of ignorance governed by a chilling hierarchy of totalitarianism and fear.Teaching critical thinking is not something that teachers are explicitly trained to do – in fact very few people are.
Nor does the curriculum generally demand it. Jul 08, · The Republican Party of Texas has issued their political platform and has come out and blatantly opposed [to] critical thinking in public schools throughout the state. If you wonder what took them so long to actually state that publicly, it is really a matter of timing.
With irrationality now. Jul 07, · The Texas GOP's declarative position against critical thinking in public schools, or any schools, for that matter, is now an official part of their political platform.
People who have sought to teach critical thinking have assumed that it is a skill, like riding a bicycle, and that, like other skills, once you learn it, you can apply it in any situation.
Via Education Articles. Critical thinking is a term that is given much discussion without much action. K educators and administrators are pushed to teach the necessities as dictated by the standardized assessments in order to .
Ben Morse argues that for as long as universities fail to recognise achievements in critical thinking with UCAS points, the subject will continue to be ignored at secondary level.