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Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The pattern applies to the cultural materials on the syllabus. If teachers want students to discern the implicit meanings in commercial images, they should have students study images of more complexity and subtlety. A few days with images taken from great photography and film will equip them to “read” music videos much more effectively than will a few days with those videos themselves. Poetry by Alexander Pope and Edna St. Vincent Millay will do more for students’ verbal cognizance than will political advertisements and Twitter tweets.

This is the immediate virtue of anti-relevance. If teachers want to raise critical thinking about contemporary mass culture, they should expose students to past high culture."
education  pedagogy  culture  english  critical-thinking 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Home page - Science of Scams
We have released 7 hoax videos which appear to demonstrate paranormal phenomena. In fact they're all based upon real scientific principles. Over the past few months this hoax footage has been posted all over the internet in an attempt to find out if people would either accept it as genuine or question it in an attempt to discover the real truth.
brown  derren  magic  skepticism  hoax  psychology  scams  critical-thinking 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Education vs. Indoctrination--Beyond False Balance
The whole aim of liberal education-in the liberal vs. servile sense-is to fit one for a life of intellectual independence, and moral autonomy. Critical thinking is central to this. One cannot freely choose anything if one is ignorant of, and therefore slave to, unexamined prejudices and assumptions. That is why students are challenged to defend what they believe, it is why they are "forced" to learn views that they don't agree with, too. It's not enough to say, "I hate liberalism." You actually have to learn something about it, and then give some reasons for your hatred-at the very least

Plenty of students fiercely resist this. They don't want to think. This isn't limited to any one political view. Our entire popular culture is orientated away from thinking. Thinking gets in the way of non-stop consumption.
education  purpose  learning  critical-thinking  pedagogy  learning-theory  model  psychology 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Austhink -
Based on internationally acknowledged cognitive science research, our software taps into human beings’ extraordinary visual and spatial intelligence to improve critical thinking, shared reasoning, and conflict resolution. Our products and methods help individuals and groups to analyze and solve complex and strategic problems.
critical-thinking  software  via:jamesfallows 
july 2009 by tsuomela
What to learn: 'core knowledge' or '21st-century skills'? -
The long-running battle between core content curriculum (E.D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy, a book I read in 20 years ago) and critical thinking soldiers on.
via:downes  education  policies  politics  code-words  rhetoric  critical-thinking  america  pedagogy 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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