Many teachers say they strive to teach their students to be critical thinkers. They even pride themselves on it; after all, who wants children to just take in knowledge passively?But there is a problem with the widespread treatment of critical thinking as a skill to be taught.
Above: Socrates, father of critical thinking | Photo Credit: lentina_x, CC BY-NC-SA
The truth is that you can’t teach people to be critical unless you are critical yourself. This involves more than asking young people to “look critically” at something, as if criticism was a mechanical task.
As a teacher, you have to have a critical spirit.
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