You hear people use them all the time, but no one seems to understand exactly what they mean.
This kind of etymological opacity lends itself to them being misused, fumbled awkwardly, and abused.
Another good one is that critical thinking is a certain skepticism about what to think, do and believe.
Critical thinking is a widely accepted educational goal.
I am both capable of all of this, Would help to mention Matt Lipman’s (Philosophy for Children) definition of critical thinking as making judgments with criteria (and “self-correcting” as mentioned above.) Very practical application: “What’s your favorite movie and why?
” The “why” gives us the criteria/reasons that can then be supported with evidence.
Its adoption as an educational goal has been recommended on the basis of respect for students’ autonomy and preparing students for success in life and for democratic citizenship.
“Critical thinkers” have the dispositions and abilities that lead them to think critically when appropriate.
Over the long term, such abuse empties it of meaning until we all either throw it around casually in the middle of an overly complex sentence to bolster our own credibility, or avoid the term altogether.
Critical thinking is among the first causes for change (personal and social), but is a pariah in schools –for no other reason than it conditions the mind to suspect the form and function of everything it sees, including your classroom and everything being taught in it.