The Learning Scientists: Can We Teach Critical Thinking?

Arguably one of the most valued and sought after skills that students are expected to learn is critical thinking. The ability to think critically, and by extension solve problems and exercise effective decision making, is highly prized among employers and academics....

Why teach argumentation skills?

By Sid H. (TA High School Intern) In a society where news organizations prioritize traffic over quality reporting, outreach and “clicks” are valued over quality. Teaching argumentation and reasoning skills can help combat the spread and effectiveness of misinformation...

Degree of Freedom: Civics and Critical Thinking

From the new blog… One of the reasons last month’s Civic Learning Impact and Measurement Convening in California was so familiar, even for this relative newbie to the community, was that the challenges faced by those dedicated to civic education and the teaching of...

LessWrong: Double Crux — A Strategy for Resolving Disagreement

Preamble Double crux is one of CFAR’s newer concepts, and one that’s forced a re-examination and refactoring of a lot of our curriculum (in the same way that the introduction of TAPs and Inner Simulator did previously). It rapidly became a part of our...

Carnegie: Why Education Improvement Strategies Always Disappoint

Those of us who work for change in education need a new set of habits to avoid a repeat of recent reform disappointments. We must learn how to study the problems we aim to solve in the contexts in which they occur, before latching onto solutions. We must listen more...

Medium: The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

There’s a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called “Controversial Opinion.” The rules are simple: Don’t talk about what was shared during Controversial Opinion afterward and you aren’t allowed to “argue” — only to ask questions about why that...