What Does it Mean to be a Critical Thinker?
This morning I stumbled upon a New York Times Opinion article which lamented the trend among American students to only focus on the "critical" part of critical thinking skills. While I completely agree that the whole focus of a students education should not be a negative one, I also think it is a huge mistake to equate negative criticism with academic critique. A true critique should be a neutral evaluation of what is going on in a text. While this can include pointing to flaws, it really should be more about uncovering on a deeper level how and why a topic is presented in the way that it is. I was never taught to think of critical thinking as an inherently negative process, but if this is the view of the majority of American, may be we do need a paradigm shift in how we present thinking skills to the children and adults of our nation.