The United States has experienced many changes in the last 11 years. Most schools and school districts in America have seen drastic changes in their funding, their students, and in the requirements placed upon them by NCLB.
Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it. Critical thinking in its basic definition refers" to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with evaluating information as well as evaluating our thought in a disciplined way ".
If the 20th century model was to measure the accuracy and ownership of information, the 21st century’s model is form and interdependence. The close thinking needed to grasp this is not beyond the reach of a typical middle school student, but it may be beyond their thinking habits.
Written by an ex college student, who explains very eloquently how educators must change. If the message in this video resonates with you feel free to send it to any teachers, principals, professors, university presidents, boards of regents, board...
"James Joyce affirms that geniuses not only accept mistakes as part of the learning process, but willingly seek them out as doors to self-discovery. In education, our perception of mistakes is important. It challenges conceptions of what defines success and failure."