For quite a few years, I taught Critical Thinking ‘A’ Level to pupils at KS4 and KS5 (i.e. 14-18 year olds). I observed the great impact of the subject on those who studied it – and I include myself in that. Being trained to teach this subject had a significant effect on my own thinking skills, and has proved to be one of the driving forces behind this blog.
Unfortunately, in my school,the subject was considered a minority interest, and its effect was never taken seriously, despite strong testament from many pupils. The fact that some pupils did not engage with what is a demanding subject sometimes pulled the results down (though others were spectacular), and eventually the school abolished the subject.
I always argued that instead, it should have been made part of the core curriculum.
This programme, recently broadcast on the BBC World Service is one of the most uplifting and relevant things I have heard about education in a very long time. (Sign-up required). It concerns successful efforts to teach even young children critical skills in relation to health care and online matters in Uganda, Norway and the U.S.
I will largely leave it to speak for itself – but if we ever needed a reason to carry on against the odds, this is it.
I also particularly admired the school that places statues of its teachers around the school grounds…
I’m unsure how long this is available for, but it is well worth a listen.
Title: You Can Handle the Truth from the series The Documentary.