Critical thinking? You need knowledge – The Boston Globe

September 21, 2009 at 11:14 am 2 comments

Critical thinking? You need knowledge – The Boston Globe is a piece by Diane Ravitch, which speaks to some of our recent discussion about the drivers of innovation.  “The intelligent person, the one who truly is a practitioner of critical thinking, has the capacity to understand the lessons of history, to grasp the inner logic of science and mathematics, and to realize the meaning of philosophical debates by studying them.”

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  September 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds like one of those pieces in which a very good paragraph written by one person is misrepresented by the separate headline writer.

    The good paragraph is arguing much more for skills and perspectives (a hit); the weak headline claims the need is for more knowledge (a miss).

  • […] that relevance is critical, but students still need to learn stuff.  They do need understand the history of what they’re learning.  We need to figure out what students really need to know, and not […]


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