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  •  They need to teach critical thinking skills (4+ / 0-)

    Including how to source materials, how to form and test a hypothesis, basics of logic and how to look out for logical fallacies. More essay questions rather than multiple choice questions on exams.

    But there will be some resistance to this particularly from evangelical communities where parents don't want their children questioning beliefs that are supported by faith when real world evidence will paint a contridictory picture. When one is not supposed to question tenants of belief, critical thinking is dangerous. Some school standards are being held back by this as witnessed by those trying to introduce intelligent design in the classrooms or school books in Texas which did not make mention of Thomas Jefferson as he disputed some conservatives' views on politics and religion.

    •  True Story (2+ / 0-)
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      When I lived in Salt Lake City, a group of conservative mormons came out against critical thinking in the schools.  Their claim was that kids already spend too much time whining and criticising, so there is no need to teach them to do it more.

      Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies have nothing to lose but their chains -Marx (-8.75,-8.36)

      by alain2112 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:31:16 PM PDT

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    •  Except the Cons hear that as... (2+ / 0-)
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      alain2112, Noodles

      "Teaching Critical Thinking skills" equals
      Teach the Controversy!

      And we're back to where we started.  Whatever term we use, however anodyne the thought, GOP Thought Police Commissioner Frank Luntz will twist it into something they'll use against us.

      Facts don't matter.

      And I was startled when no one dug deeply into the comments of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), pleading for tolerance and respect of those who deny climate science and anthropogenic global warming, by the rest of us who've done the research and know better.  He said:

      " Respect should be shown to those who have done the research and come to a different conclusion."
      Most MaddowBlog commenters expressed their (rightful) scorn of his plea for tolerance.  What seems outrageous to me is that he (1) expects his ideologically-driven opinion to be seen as the result of research, and (2) is happy to term the educated 97% of professional climatologists (those doing research and with current, peer-reviewed publications) the bullies and the poor, ignorant denial community the victim.

      Gee.  Where have we seen that right-wing circus trick before?  

      (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 11.3 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

      by argomd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:24:08 PM PDT

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