Cover Art

A sneak peek at the book cover for Critical Thinking Essentials by Jonathan Haber coming soon from MIT Press.

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Talking Politics – 4

Critical thinking about difficult issues identifies actual (vs. imagined or overblown) problems and effective ways to make things better.

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Talking Politics – 3

When used in critical thinking, statistics are useful when trying to determine the scope of a problem, while anecdotal data puts flesh on those statistics.

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Talking Politics – 2

Is there a way to apply the Principle of Charity to justify banning discussion of politics in the classroom?

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Talking Politics – 1

Critical thinkers involved with civics education should ask ourselves if there might be any reasonable justification to limit discussion of political matters in the classroom

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Is Florida Really Abandoning Common Core? – 3

In a previous post in this series, I mentioned a critical-thinking process of deliberative discussion, one which leverages two linked uses of the word “deliberative.” A textbook definition of the term that describes it as “relating to or intended for consideration or discussion” gives the word a positive, if generic, […]

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Is Florida Really Abandoning Common Core? – 2

While good critical thinkers should avoid drawing too many conclusions from one example, analyzing a single case from multiple angles often generates insights that can be applied to broader issues. With that in mind, let’s continue to try to answer the question I posed last time: Did the Governor of […]

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Is Florida Really Abandoning Common Core? – 1

To see how detailed analysis of one aspect of the issue of academic standards can shed light on wider matters, let’s focus on answering one question that titles this piece: Is Florida really abandoning the Common Core?

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Civics and Critical Thinking

The challenges faced by those dedicated to civic education and the teaching of critical thinking are very similar.

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Re-inventing Civic Education – 3

Answers to problems regarding education will come about through argumentation and deliberation, two critical-thinking skills that also happen to represent prized civic virtues.

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