How to think Part II

Fellow blogger Zombiehero points to a study that provides more evidence about the lack of teaching critical thinking skills.  He links to an article that describes a study that found college students have difficulty thinking critically.  From the article:

Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.

This lines up remarkably well with the story about the first day assignment I wrote about in How to think, not what to think.

1 thought on “How to think Part II

  1. I’m taking an International Business class online. People are making claims about this and that, about how the US “needs” to be more like blah blah country. You know the usual stuff. Every time I ask for any study or data on the points they are taking as fact, like how collectivist societies are better “team players.” I get nothing. It’s quite maddening.

    This week we are doing Universal Health Care, Sweden and the MAS from Hofstede. Everyone in that class is saying that if we were more feminine like Sweden then we’d have Universal Healthcare. Even after I repeatedly point out that more masculine countries have universal coverage and how some feminine countries (compared to the US) don’t have it.

    They have their a priori assumptions and logic and facts be damned!

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