Essay about We Must Promote Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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Promoting critical thinking and problem solving in mathematics education is crucial in the development of successful students. Critical thinking and problem solving go hand in hand. In order for students to learn mathematics through problem solving, they must also learn how to think critically. Critical thinking has not been at the forefront of teaching strategies in schools. Teachers need to see the importance and the need to begin promoting these key strategies. Critical thinking is such an important aspect for children to learn in school. Many adults today have no idea on how to think critically. This is very sad because thinking critically can broaden your mind and give you such a feeling of intelligence and …show more content…
These strategies can be used in everyday life. They can be used for finances, relationships, and even in life choices. People lacking these critical thinking strategies can be very impulsive and make a lot of choices that end up hurting them in many ways. I read an article by Thomas Sowell called Justice and Injustice. I really enjoyed this article because he emphasized how children on welfare have only about half as many words directed at them as children of working-class families and less than one-third as many words as children whose parents are professionals. He also noted how painful this is because scientists have found that the physical development of the brain is affected by how much interaction young children receive. This then links critical thinking with social and economic status. If educators continue to show higher expectations for more "well-off" students and lower expectations for others than we will never be able to help a child off welfare or give every child the chance and ability to succeed. Another article I read was entitled Intolerance is a Beautiful Thing. I am not sure who wrote it, but it is a wonderful article that promotes critical thinking on the subject of tolerance. The author claims that the original meaning of the word "tolerance" has changed. The old meaning was "the acknowledgement of the views, beliefs and others that differ from one's own." The new meaning is "viewing all values, beliefs,

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