We all want our children to thrive and be successful. But what is that which will put them on the path to success? Will mastering a language help? Or will mastering a subject? Well, these may help. But what will definitely help is Critical Thinking! Yes! We need our children to think flexibly, readily absorb information and solve complex problems that may not have one correct answer. This is what Critical Thinking will help achieve.
What Is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is “disciplined and focused thinking”. This happens when we draw on our existing knowledge, experience and apply our problem-solving skills, to do things like:
- Reason why things happen
- Assess ideas and form opinions
- Understand other viewpoints and perspectives
- Make predictions of outcomes
- Come up with creative solutions
- Draw up comparisons, evaluate differences and understand relationships
Critical Thinking Skills help us to make good, sound decisions, understand the consequences of our actions and solve complex problems. We use them every day, in everything from solving a puzzle to working out a complex algorithm. Critical Thinking uses other many important life skills like making connections, understanding perspectives and communication.
Critical thinking is considered one of the most important 21st Century Skills to learn. It consolidates all learning and thus is an essential life skill. And best of all, we can teach children to think critically!
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Critical Thinking by WabisabiLearning is an excellent starting point for the “how” behind teaching critical thinking by outlining which questions to ask.
Here is why it is so important and how you can help children learn and practice these skills.
BENEFITS OF CRITICAL THINKING
It encourages Curiosity and Creativity
Creative thinking requires ones to think deeply and ask questions. Lots of questions. This boosts their inquisitiveness and enhances understanding, and kindles the attitude to explore all sides of an issue and the reveal deeper facts.
It is a Multi-Dimensional Skill
Critical thinking encompasses a wide array of skills and promotes the development of Reasoning abilities, analytical thinking, logical thinking, organizational skills, language and communication skills, observation, problem-solving and decision making.
It kindles Independent Thinking and Learning
Critical thinking cultivates in children an attitude to think independently and leads to proactive thinking and responsible learning.
It boosts logical and analytical thinking
Critical thinking requires one to focus on thinking in a disciplined way. This informed and pro-active thinking, strengthens a person’s ability for logical and analytical thinking.
It gives children a head start in their future careers
Today’s world no longer wants people who can only follow instructions. The extremely competitive world needs critical thinkers who can make good decisions and brainstorm new solutions. Plus one for your child’s future!
It encourages empathy
Critical thinking encourages children to see issues from different perspectives, to understand another’s view. Thus builds empathy and understanding.
It encourages a positive attitude and a growth mindset
Having a growth mindset means having the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve. Critical Thinking kindles a positive attitude and leads to attaining a growth mindset.