Prisoners of The Blob – critical thinking skills


I started reading Toby Young’s Civitas paper ‘Prisoners of the Blob – Why most education experts are wrong about nearly everything‘, got to page 10, which is the end of the section on modern approaches to teaching of History…and started thinking about what is critical thinking, and what transferable skills are required, in the context of my work.

I need to be able to analyse a situation, working out the connectives and deducing what the consequences of this analysis is in the context of the issue being considered. To do this, it is necessary to know the knowledge framework in which the issue resides; and be familiar enough with it to think confidently, make connections and weigh evidence – then seek additional or supporting evidence. If the framework of knowledge is close enough to any currently familiar frameworks of knowledge, then a working understanding can be arrived at…

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