How can schools give their students a competitive advantage in a tight job market?Educational institutions across the country are looking for solutions –new ways to teach critical thinking, measure student learning and demonstrate efficacy.The next steps involve identifying quality resources to support educators, reaching agreement on when and how to integrate critical thinking into the curriculum, and having much deeper discussions between corporations and educators on what critical thinking looks like in the work setting.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s list of “Deeper Learning Competencies,” for example, identifies creativity not as its own competency but as a tool for thinking critically.
Bloom’s Taxonomy treats the two as separate educational goals, ranking creativity above critical thinking in the progression of intellectual abilities.
Creativity and critical thinking sit atop most lists of skills crucial for success in the 21st century.
They represent two of the “Four Cs” in P21’s learning framework (the other two being communication and collaboration), and they rank second and third on the World Economic Forum’s top ten list of skills workers will need most in the year 2020 (complex problem solving ranks first).
Critical Thinking is not just a “nice to have” skill in the 21st century, it is essential.
We live in an age where we have more information at our fingertips than ever before and more opportunity to communicate with people across the globe.
The various lists of 21st-century skills grant creativity and critical thinking such prominence in part because they are human abilities robots and AI are unlikely to usurp anytime soon.
The picture of the near future that emerges from these compilations of skills is one in which people must compete against their own inventions by exploiting the most human of their human qualities: empathy, a willingness to work together, adaptability, innovation.
Critical thinking has been defined as the ability to: Critical thinking is the foundation of strategic thinking, creative thinking, good judgement and good decision making.
Good critical thinking results in the ability to draw the right conclusions more often.