That is, a real argument rather than an invented exercise.
Critical thinking is not only necessary for school-age children, but also very much for higher learning.
There is also evidence from Cambridge that students who take the critical thinking qualification achieved higher grades in other subjects.
That said, critical thinking does not have to be taught for an examination to earn its place on the school timetable.
Critical thinking is central to what they see as making Maryland a “good” school and eventually an “outstanding” one.
Those children will have a head start on their contemporaries in schools where teachers simply expect critical thinking to develop through traditional teaching.Yet many universities find it necessary to run a course for first-year undergraduates to get them up to speed.This is down to an often-confused attitude to acquiring such skills at school.Specific advice would also be helpful regarding particular projects, assignments, readings, etc.I’ve found that sometimes it’s easy to say “I think it’s important to teach them about X, Y, and Z” and then later to find out that it’s not easy for one person to be able to track down appropriate readings about X, Y, and Z and then design assignments or projects around them.In other words, to teach it explicitly as opposed to simply expecting it to develop while you are teaching another subject.Abrami also concluded that critical thinking skills were best taught through an authentic “critical dialogue” with teachers and among students.Young people don’t need to know what to think, they need to know how to think.That means dedicated classroom time on how to evaluate arguments, analyze evidence, ask questions, and reflect on meaning.In the UK the A-level in Critical Thinking has been dismissed as “easy” and will end in 2017.When I was chief examiner for the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) examining board, however, it was the hardest subject of all to get an “A” in.