However, I have recently found myself pondering the original question from that middle school teacher.
I wanted to gain a better understanding of what skills ultimately led to that ability to engage in problem solving and decision making.
As students evolve in their thinking, they develop the habits of constantly weighing evidence, resisting bias, and viewing the world as something "open to unlimited verification and revision" (Sumner, 1906, p. As such, critical thinking requires more than just the acquisition of information or the demonstration of problem solving or decision making skills.
When students engage in critical thinking, they mitigate bias and preconceptions by thinking rationally, reasonably, and empathetically.
Education in the critical faculty is the only education of which it can be truly said that it makes good citizens (pp. Through this historical exploration of the concept of critical thinking, I confirmed one tenet that I already knew: critical thinking has been an objective of education since long before the start of the 21st century.
However, it also continues to be an increasingly important skill not only to prepare students for the future of work but also for the future of society.
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What an excellent proposition :) Update A classic book in the better thinking/better writing genre is Barbara Minto's The Pyramid Principle.