Monday, July 16, 2012

Critical Thinking: An Essential Part of Education

I recently read an article from The Daily Texan that is a commentary on the current Texas Republican Party's stance on education. The stance can be summarized by this rather disturbing quote: "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills... which have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

The author of the article is clearly against this stance on education, and believes that students must be exposed to views different from those they grew up with. Critical thinking is a necessity for the continuation of society. The anonymous author compares an education void of critical thinking to students on a bus who never learn to drive -- when the bus driver dies, no one on the bus will be able to drive it because they never learned how.

Whether you agree or disagree with the quote or the stance taken in the article, it is an interesting topic to think about as students. Policies on education directly affect us and future generations, and we must take an active part in shaping them. The first step is to acknowledge and assess all sides of each debate, and this article is a great way to start the process.

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