Part two of our series on early childhood education explores methods of teaching critical thinking skills.
Critical Thinking in Education: Any Questions?
Questions are key to teaching critical thinking. Learning critical thinking is a combination of things, and one of the best ways to apply it is to transfer it to a situation in daily life. The key to critical thinking is to ask questions. Too many times, students are passive learners, and accept information only at face value. However, to teach them to look at information and ask more about it is to help children to learn how to think for themselves.
This excerpt from the University of Dayton shows the importance of critical thinking: “Why Teach Critical Thinking? Oliver & Utermohlen (1995) see students as too often being passive receptors of information. Through technology, the amount of information available today is massive. This information explosion is likely to continue in the future. Students need a guide to weed through the information and not just passively accept it. Students need to “develop and effectively apply critical thinking skills to their academic studies, to the complex problems that they will face, and to the critical choices they will be forced to make as a result of the information explosion and other rapid technological changes” [READ MORE]
Why Does Critical Thinking Matter So Early in Life?
Why is it important for children to learn critical thinking at a young age? Because we are creatures of habit for one thing. The sooner we learn a skill, the more likely we’ll retain it when we get older. And children in their formative years are very open to learning, particularly in an environment that encourages it. Another good reason for critical thinking is that it is a vital thing for a democratic society to have.
So as you see, it isn’t what children think, it is learning how to think. And teaching them to question produces people that are individuals to the core, which is why we are firmly in support of teaching critical thinking.
This concludes part two of our series on critical thinking, be sure to read part one as well.
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