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Teaching kids to think critically is crucial for their future

The Toronto Star – Isabel Teotonio

“This way of teaching is part of a new focus at the school on getting kids to think critically — an approach that’s increasingly being adopted by educators in Canada and abroad, says Garfield Gini-Newman, the senior consultant with the non-profit group the Critical Thinking Consortium. In this era of increased automation, fake news and where virtually everything is Googleable, teaching kids to think critically is more important than ever, he says, particularly if Canada hopes to compete in a knowledge-based economy. Schools have traditionally been “knowledge factories,” with information pumped in to students and an expected answer coming out when tested, explains Gini-Newman, who’s also an associate professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. But in recent years, there’s been a shift away from that model to one in which kids problem solve with others — in large part, because of technology.”(more)

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