critical thinking

Critical Thinking And Storytelling

Critical Thinking And Storytelling

We usually don’t speak of critical thinking and storytelling in the same breath. But critical thinking is key to storytelling in a number of ways. Before we explore them, it might be best to review what we mean by critical thinking in the first place. In short, critical thinking is an approach to determining whether […]

In Praise Of Rote Learning

In Praise Of Rote Learning

Rote learning gets a bad rap. We associate it with 19th-century one-room school houses, conformity and a lack of critical thinking. Today’s educational approach is more enlightened, we tell ourselves, as we now teach people “how to think” rather than just “cramming them with facts.” The attack on rote learning, however, reveals a misunderstanding about what […]

Are you smarter than an ape?

I’ve got to admit, I didn’t see the solution. Granted:  I wasn’t aware of what the chimp had in his cage. And according to the narrator, 10 minutes did pass before the ape figured it out.  (I only gave myself about 5 seconds.) But I did feel a little silly, and humbled, when the answer […]