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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking

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KIPP King Collegiate High School principal Jason Singer trains his teachers to lead Socratic discussions (above); Katie Kirkpatrick (right), dean of instruction, developed a step-by-step framework --
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Is it possible to both teach students critical thinking and prepare them for the state tests?

You can make sure students are ready for the state tests as well as infuse critical thinking into the curriculum. Most of those tests are very knowledge-based; they don't require kids to do much critical thinking. So you can ramp up the content by having the kids analyze it and evaluate it. When they do that, the learning sticks.

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Eristic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eristic, from the ancient Greek word eris meaning "wrangle" or "strife", often refers to a type of argument where the participants fight and quarrel without any reasonable goal.

The aim usually is to win the argument and/or to engage in a conflict for the sole purpose of wasting time through arguments, not to potentially discover a true or probable answer to any specific question or topic. Eristic is arguing for the sake of conflict as opposed to the seeking of conflict resolution.[1]

Plato often contrasted this type of argument with the dialectical method and other more reasonable and logical methods (e.g., at Republic 454a). In the dialogue Euthydemus, Plato satirizes eristic.

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After reading Neal Stephenson's Anathem, I have become interested in the philosophical discussions in this science fiction book. I've also become interested in dialogue, having been sensitized to the term after reading Crucial Conversations. So far, it appears according to McBurney and Parsons, Walton and Krabbe) there are seven basic types of dialogue: persuasion, inquiry, discovery, negotiation, information-seeking, deliberation, and eristic.

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