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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Future of Education

Has education become about the student as consumer and the customer is always right? Or is it still about knowledge, liberal arts, critical thinking and having professionals who really now their fields once they graduate.

There is ample evidence from K to graduate students that pleasing the student to get the tuition seems to be the focus, with retention of students over knowledge, advancement over qualifications, and inflated grades over skills and true accomplishment.

Coping with Frustration

The Art of Thinking. A Guide to Critical and Creative Thought, Ninth Edition

From Chapter 1: Developing Your Thinking: An Overview
ISBN: 9780205668335 Author: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
copyright © 2009 Pearson Education

All thinkers have their share of frustration: confusion, mental blocks, false starts, and failures happen to everyone. Good thinkers, however, have learned strategies for dealing with their frustration, whereas poor thinkers merely lament it—thus allowing themselves to be defeated by it. One important study of students’ problem-solving processes revealed some interesting differences between good and poor problem solvers. Among them were the following:13

Good Problem Solvers Poor Problem Solvers
Read a problem and decide how to begin attacking it. Cannot settle on a way to begin.
Bring their knowledge to bear on a problem. Convince themselves they lack sufficient knowledge (even when that is not the case).
Go about solving a problem systematically—for example, trying to simplify it, puzzling out key terms, or breaking the problem into subproblems. Plunge in, jumping haphazardly from one part of the problem to another, trying to justify first impressions instead of testing them.
Tend to trust their reasoning and to have confidence in themselves. Tend to distrust their reasoning and to lack confidence in themselves.
Maintain a critical attitude throughout the problem-solving process. Lack a critical attitude and take too much for granted.

Critical Thinking links

  • Open Your Mind to Critical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking (the value of)
  • Critical Thinking and Listening
  • Critical Thinking Application
  • Critical Thinking Blog
  • Critical Thinking Model Frameworks
  • Critical Thinking Tutorial
  • Critical Thinking, Overcoming Barriers
  • Critical Thinking, Promoting Thought
  • Critical Thinking, pt 2
  • Critical Thinking, thoughts on
  • Critical Thinking, what is it?
  • Critical Thinking, what is?
  • Critical Thinking: How Not to be Stupid
  • Critical Thinking: Keeping Active
  • Critical Thinking: Open Your Mind
  • Five Ways to Spark Your Creativity
  • The nature of critical and creative thought
    Do you think?
    Why Critical Thinking
    Argumentation and Creative Solutions
    Ten Questions in Critical Thought
    The Elements of Thought
    Bloom's Taxonomy
    Learning to Think Critically
    Intellectual Traits and Virtues
    Critical Thinking Standards and Traits
    Living Smart: Critical Thinking and Propoganda
    Critical Thinking Introduction Seminar (long)
    Agree to Disagree
    Blooms Taxonomy for iPad

    Taking away time for critical thinking and creativity.

    One of the ongoing debates in education is whether so much testing in schools is taking away time for young people to develop their own critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, the White House has talked about the importance of innovation when it comes to staying competitive in the global market. The intersection of both of these issues could be the arts. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel talks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair about her reporting on the role the arts play in helping low performing schools improve, and in nurturing creativity that can help young people in all subjects.