Where next for critical thinking?

Article in SecEd, 16 November 2021 

By Deborah Lawson, Assistant General Secretary, Community union (Voice Section)

  • Are we in danger of no longer valuing critical thinking skills?
  • How do we distinguish fact from opinion or question the truth of supposed facts? And what happens if we fail to stop and consider why?
  • Teaching is not just about delivering what we are told to. It is about recognising and understanding the learning that needs to take place and leading pupils on that journey.
  • We need to rigorously consider ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value. This is particularly important in this era of fake news, misinformation, anti-science conspiracy theories, and media and political bias and disinformation.

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