The planned new university – the New College of Humanities (NCH) – has been greatly in the news recently. The man most associated with NCH is A.C. Grayling, the eminent philosopher. It is highly gratifying that one of the things that he reports as being essential for students of this new university is critical thinking. He recognises its straightforwardly central importance for education.
In a recent publication by the Brookings Institute, ‘Competencies for the 21st century’, the importance of these competencies has been stressed. As it explains, ‘The