A Rise in Critical Thinking?

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I’m a once-a-week Monday morning blogger but am today motivated to post a mid-week blog due to, A: a interesting conversation, B: new company signage (see abovecool, huh?), and C: a bout of insomnia that enabled a headstart on the day.

The interesting conversation happened Tuesday night at my Clase de Español (note to infant/toddler patents reading this: start the dual language thing early because it is hell learning a second language at my age). One of other students, an English composition professor, was talking about the demise of original thinking. She discussed how she had given her class a subject on which to write a composition and the resulting essays made her want to cry (this wasn’t the interesting partall of us old farts think you youngsters are loosing critical skills like writing longhand, just like the old farts before us thought we needed to master the teletype).

Now, the interesting part. This professor went on to say that she gave these same students an assignment to critique a piece that she had written on the same aforementioned subject. Again, the resulting essays shocked herthis time in a good way. She said that the level of critical analysis was FAR beyond what she expected.

Why this disparity? My hunch is that the Internet, and more specifically the blogosphere, has forced people to think, analyze and respond. While you Millennials can’t write a decent thank-you note to Granny, you certainly know how make sense of the world around you. My guess is this skill is likely to serve you well in the increasingly incomprehensible techno-future that those of us who grew up parsing Joyce keep bemoaning.

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One thought on “A Rise in Critical Thinking?

  1. Interesting. As an educator working with millenial-generation future health care providers, I find that these youngsters not only engage in critical thinking more efficiently but also with a greater sense of community. The feedback I get is not only about how one student feels about her homework–it includes Survey Monkey poll results about how all her classmates felt about the homework too. So I agree with your hunch–these kids leverage the technology at their fingertips while we sit around wondering why we Tweet 😉

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