I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of “critical thinking.” I’ve been talking to friends and colleagues about what, exactly, I want my students to come away from my classes knowing, and how I can justify some of the activities I’m asking them to undertake when there’s no corresponding “benchmark” in my state’s Department of Education standards list.
I say my job is MUCH more than teaching kids how to put words on a paper so they make sense, or how to properly cite an article, or where to put the damned comma. My job, in my view, is to teach kids how to think.
Every day, my Google home page gives me three new quotes. This was one of yesterday’s, and I think it sums up quite nicely what I’m trying to say about the work that I do.
There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.