Time to repost...or Why Putin likes a docile non-thinking population!
Consider: What happens if we don't teach our children to think for themselves?
http://world.std.com/~lo/95.11/0254.html Thu, 23 Nov 1995
Replying to LO3814 --Walter Derzko (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
I was reviewing some old notes and decided to summarize some thoughts on the lost opportunity costs of not teaching thinking skills. Consider: What happens if we don't teach our children to think for themselves ?
1) Since it is no longer possible to teach all available information we must teach children the thinking skills to make the best use of available or changing information. Thinking skills improve performance in other subject areas. Otherwise they become lost in new, unfamiliar situations.
2) Unless we teach students to think for themselves they will be limited to slogan thinking, peer pressure, dogmatic thinking, lack of perception, gut reactions, routine thinking, knee jerk reactions or the pull of some emotional argument (usually done by someone defending a point of view & wishing to manipulate instead of exploring for alternatives).
3) As the complexity of the world and the number of choices grows, thinking becomes increasingly important. Without thinking, students fear ambiguity.
4) Unless we teach thinking the only outlet for a growing energetic mind is to be against everything and to be a perpetual critic, since that requires the least amount of thinking. Critics are never actually forced to come up with ideas.
5)The functioning of democracy and able government is a function of the thinking skills of the population. A docile population is not healthy for democracy.
6)Thinking skills increase self-reliance and self-esteem. We often see students who do not perform well in some subjects show their true ability in thinking lessons. They are the children who tend to grow up to be entrepreneurs.
7)Education has to go forward to basics which includes thinking, reading, writing and “rithmatic”.
8)Education has traditionally focused on descriptive thinking. Action requires a new set of thinking skills. Without it, thinking becomes muddled and confused.
9) We need to get away from traditional argumentative, "I can prove my point of view" thinking to a more constructive, design thinking. This provides a framework for conflict resolution. Change is sought by a constructive instead of a destructive approach.
10) Thinking skills allow youngsters to cope with change. Without it we get resistance and fear.