Only 29 percent of respondents say that they definitively studied critical thinking in school themselves.There’s a lack of clarity about when, where, and even how critical thinking should be taught.For example, we found that over one-third of respondents consider Wikipedia, a crowd-sourced website, to be the equivalent of a thoroughly vetted encyclopedia.
It conducts surveys and opinion polls, leads its own research, and supports the work of university-affiliated scholars.
Members of the public say they practice critical thinking, but their behaviors often suggest otherwise.
With that in mind, the foundation recently commissioned a survey, which will be conducted each year in an attempt to better understand shifts in the public’s views on critical thinking and what it means for the future of society.
While the public believes that critical thinking is crucial, most people believe that schools do not do enough to prepare young people to think more effectively.
But despite the need for more critical thinking, our institutions have not done nearly enough to give students richer thinking tools.
In too many schools, critical thinking is not taught to young people.
And around 27 percent use only one source of information while making a decision.
The lack of critical thinking skills is particularly apparent online.
Respondents are also far more likely to engage with informal, non-vetted sources for information, and just under 40 percent say they regularly read blogs instead of institutional publications like newspapers.
But few engage in the practice, and less than a quarter of respondents actually seek out views that challenge their own.