A letter from Roy van den Brink-Budgen on the subject of Critical Thinking in Hong Kong and Singapore was published in the UK ‘Times Education Supplement’ of 11 February. It points out that these countries are increasingly emphasising critical (including creative) thinking in their curriculums. The value of Critical Thinking is seen in the way in which it can – taught well – enable students to develop their intellectual skills across the subject board.
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