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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

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"Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen."


Via Beth Dichter, Ann Vega
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It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible 21st century citizen.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 5, 10:40 AM

A word other than debate, which suggests binaries of right and wrong, might be David Bohm's concept of dialogue where there is an allowance for different and reasonable perspectives. It fits with the ideas of Paulo Freire.

Carole Maurage's curator insight, February 6, 3:40 AM

L'éducation qui appelle le cerveau entier à se mobiliser, c'est à dire le gauche ET le droit, qui est aussi relié à l'émotionnel.

L'école du futur, c'est le monde entier : "the whole world's a classroom" comme le dit Marina Gorbis @mgorbis @iftf  http://www.iftf.org/?id=70

Les nouveaux comportements liés aux usages du numérique font, enfin, bouger l'éducation (du moins on l'espère...)

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 18, 5:35 AM

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

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The Innovative Educator: Start the New Year with a new way to look at students who don't seem to care

The Innovative Educator: Start the New Year with a new way to look at students who don't seem to care | 21st Century Teaching & Learning Resources | Scoop.it

"My students don't know how to learn.  They don't know how to succeed.  And, it doesn't seem like they care to change any of that. " -Crystal Kirch, My biggest struggle this year.

"High school math teacher Crystal Kirch’s biggest struggle of 2012 was met with both cheers from those who could commiserate as well as jeers from those who were concerned that students were not the culprit, but rather the victims of a system that set them up for failure."


Via Beth Dichter
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An interesting and topical article - which camp are you?.  I believe that children are passionate about the things THEY want to learn about and need to know why they are learning a particular topic. There are multiple ways a person learns; which one is the "right" way? Experiment; there are many different styles in one class - get to know each individual and speak on a 1:1 basis regularly.  Design your programme around each student (differentiate and individualise) and offer choice of resources etc.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:18 PM

What happens when we close ourselves off from hearing a different point of view? In this post Lisa Nielsen takes a look at reactions that occurred in response to the post by Crystal Kirch. She divides the responses into two sections: 

* Reactions from those frustrated by children who don't want to learn

* Reactions from those who provided the alternate perspective (that Kirch referred to as 'an "intense attack") in defense of children

By looking through the lenses of other this post is asking us to "think about and learn from that which may not be so comfortable and look at our students who don't seem to care in a new way."