School teaches us to read a text carefully in order to understand it. But on the web, ignoring information is a survival skill.
From failing to consider the costs of not locking down, to underestimating the role of dumb luck in a pandemic, here are some critical thinking mistakes not to repeat in 2021.
People tend to interpret things through a lens of their pre-existing beliefs. But they are not immune to changing their view, if you treat them with respect and understanding.
Tolerating inquiry is essential even if there are such things as questions no one should ask.
Combating conspiracy theories with correct information is not enough.
Before pilot Charles Taylor and company mysteriously vanished in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945, Taylor had to be rescued from the Pacific Ocean twice.
Gullibility, cynicism, pride, closed mindedness, negligence and wishful thinking. If you can use any of these to describe your reasoning, it's likely you're committing a sin of thought.
An academic should be able to use "I" in an essay which offers their point of view. In this way, they take responsibility for their argument.
Critical thinking is being taught successfully in schools and universities around the world. Studies show it improves students' thinking ability and even their standardised test scores.
My year of buying almost nothing saved me thousands of dollars – but also taught me valuable lessons as a teacher, including about the benefits of failure.
Your children can have a rich experience, seeing different parts of the world and understanding other cultures. And there are several things you can do to support their learning.
The same skills and talents that enable chess players to dominate the board will also serve aspiring lawyers well in the courtroom, a law scholar argues.
The point of an argument can become lost when debating climate change. Greta Thunberg show us how to stay on-topic.
Teaching children philosophy can help improve academic results. But the main reason it should be used in schools is it allows children a space to make sense of the world, and meaning in their lives.
Some people argue the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, you just need to keep looking. But there are occasions where finding no evidence is all you can do.
To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.
The recently released Gonski report contains a recommendation to supporting teacher collaboration. Researchers in Queensland have been conducting research on how design thinking can foster this.
The role of general capabilities in a subject-based curriculum has been a recurring theme in Australian curriculum history.
Education systems around the world are increasingly recognising the value of local approaches to thinking, learning and being.
Financial literacy is more than numeracy, it requires a healthy scepticism of financial institutions and confidence in making financial decisions.