Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it. Instead of accepting “at face value” what you read or hear, critical thinkers look for evidence and for good reasons for believing something to be true. This is at the heart of what it means to be a scientist, researcher, scholar or professional in any field. Whatever you are studying, critical thinking is the key to learning and to make progress.
Question words – “What, Who, Where, When, How and Why” will help the learner to get started; along with the phrases – “What if, What next, and So what.” Attempting Description, Analysis and Evaluation.
As Teachers and Parents, it is our responsibility to motivate, inspire and guide children to cultivate ‘Critical Thinking.
As a well cultivated ‘Critical Thinker,’ children will raise vital questions, formulating them clearly and precisely, will gather and assess relevant information and interpret it effectively, will come to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, will think open mindedly with alternative systems of thought and communicate effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems. This entails ‘Effective Communication and Problem Solving Abilities’ which is indeed the need of the hour.
‘The Holistic Approach,’ at Vikas-The Concept School, is not only catering to this but also is making learning interesting and meaningful for learners. ‘Critical Thinking’ takes place in various disciplines and learning to think outside the box has become a ‘Habit.’