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  •  "Critical Thinking" Mandatory Subject in Venezuela (7+ / 0-)

    In the last year here in Venezuela, a new educational law was passed which makes it mandatory for schools to teach "critical thinking" in their curricula.  It specifically requires that critical thinking be raised in connection with considering the media.

    (Would that we in the U.S. required everyone to pass a critical thinking course before being allowed to listen to Fox News!)

    In 1998, when President Chavez was first elected, the illiteracy rate in Venezuela was something like 60%.  His first major program, called Mission Robinson, was a campaign to combat illiteracy. Teams of teachers were sent all over the country to provide free reading and writing classes.  Now the literacy rate is almost 100%, and additional Missions have been initiated to bring high school and university education to the majority of the population.  

    Copies of Latin American classics, re-published in paper versions by the government, are even handed out free on street corners!  

    Free technical and job training programs abound.  It sometimes seems that everyone in this country is a student!  President Chavez himself is a perennial student, a voracious reader who frequently reads aloud from the books he is reading to his TV program viewers.

    As we have seen in the U.S., capitalism thrives on mass ignorance.  Education and critical thinking are key to building a new, human and democratic society.

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:24:46 PM PST

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    •  I HAVE TO go to Venezuela! (4+ / 0-)
      Would that we in the U.S. required everyone to pass a critical thinking course before being allowed to listen to Fox News!

      Amen to that! Fox News makes my eyes melt if I watch it too long.

      Critical thinking was one of the first things taught in classical education. They taught grammar and language and then they taught how arguments are properly constructed and how arguments are misused to fool people and how to spot that misuse.

      Copies of Latin American classics, re-published in paper versions by the government, are even handed out free on street corners!  

      Free higher education on the cheap! I love that.

      De air is de air. What can be done?

      by TPau on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:48:04 PM PST

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    •  Intelligence is not a guarantee of intelligence. (2+ / 0-)
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      Critical thinking is one of my favorite sports: deconstructing political, philosophical and religious arguments. TV commercials and political speeches are the most fun.

      Just today I wrote yet another pun sort of related to critical thinking:

      On Intelligence
      Intelligence is not a guarantee of intelligence. That is, high intelligence does not guarantee that one will draw any correct conclusions. However, low intelligence always makes one right.

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