evaluating health risks requires critical thinking

In a recent article in The Times ‘Treating us like children won’t keep us safe’ , Joanna Williams (the author of ‘Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity’) has argued that, in the UK, we are not expected to have any need to understand complex issues. In the context of the Covid-19 issues, the government […]

using critical thinking to discount fake news

Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education has recommended that people should take four steps in order to help to distinguish real news from fake news. Look closely.Think for yourself.Think critically.Check sources. Good advice, as long as people know how to ‘think critically’. It is to be hoped that programmes of ‘civic education’ include the development […]

The urgent need for critical thinking to be taught in schools

In the journal ‘Standpoint’ (22.05.20), Andrew Doyle argues that ‘Schooling underpinned by critical thinking is the bedrock of civilisation. It could save us from infantilised discourse’. Doyle sees some truth in the observation that our ‘political discourse’ is ‘degraded’, but makes the more general point that ‘we are dealing with mass infantilism’. In such a […]

The lack of (and urgent need for) critical thinking in public decision-making

In the ‘Sunday Times’ of 5 July, Matthew Syed explains how poor governmental decision-making is. This is not just the case over the coronavirus crisis, but in general. He argues that ‘the litany of stupendous overspends on infrastructure projects…have become so common…that we scarcely notice them even more.’ He quotes Professor Rumeldt (‘a leading thinker […]

Critical thinking and the future of education and training

In the field of education and training, the current pandemic has highlighted the issue of the future of universities. In a recent book ‘The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World’, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, professors at London Business School, argue that, even before the pandemic, ‘the traditional three-stage life […]

The new world of online education and training

There has been much discussion recently about the increased use of online teaching in education. Given that we have recently launched an online course in critical thinking, it is good to see that this method is increasingly being used. However, there is an important distinction to be made between what has recently been described as […]

New Schools of Thought

In a feature recently published by The Economist Intelligence Unit, the future of higher education is examined. It is argued that ‘Like every industry, higher education is facing disruptions. Institutions will need to find new and innovative ways to deliver education in order to meet the needs of parents, students and society as a whole.’ […]

author Harlan Coben and critical thinking

In the ‘Financial Times’ of 23 May, there was an interview with Harlan Coben (author of 32 novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and whose novel ‘The Stranger’ has been turned into a TV series for Netflix). In the interview he explains that he went to Amherst College in Massachusetts where ‘they taught critical thinking […]

Critical Thinking Online Course

The launch of our online course in critical thinking is especially significant in the current difficult time, with many learners needing to making use of online resources. In addition, of course, the value of the skills of critical thinking has a particular significance, given the need for decisions, at so many levels, to be made […]

videos now with Portuguese subtitles

The two videos on critical thinking that are already on this website can now be seen with Portuguese subtitles. They are already available in this form on You Tube, and will also be on our website shortly. The skills of critical thinking. (Portuguese Subtitles) Critical thinking: Issues of training and creativity. (Portuguese Subtitles)