View Poll Results: Have you taken a class in critical thinking/reasoning/logic?

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  • Yes, it was a school requirement or I chose to take a class.

    9 29.03%
  • Yes, I took a class that incorporated critical thinking exercises.

    12 38.71%
  • No, but I have learned about critical thinking through other routes.

    7 22.58%
  • No, but I understand what the term means.

    3 9.68%
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    Critical Thinking (inspired by "truthiness")

    I'm wondering how many people have taken a class in critical thinking or logic, or a class that incorporated one of those. Did your high school or college have a critical thinking requirement for graduation? Did you take a philosophy or science class that incorporated critical thinking?

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    d'oh, i forgot to add the last option, which was supposed to be "no, and i am not familiar with the term[s]."

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    what does "critical thinking" cover exactly?

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    Yes, but not until college. I took an honors class called "Knowledge and Theory" which counted as philosophy credit, but had visiting professors from all disciplines (art, science, religion, etc.) each week to talk about how knowledge and theory are produced in those disciplines and what unifying principles may exist.

    I also took a bioethics course that covered rudimentary logic arguments.

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    In a philosophy course and a political science course in high school and, having studied art history, in nearly every course I took at university-at least every course that dealt with 20th century criticism and or issues of post-modernism. And in a required year long philosophy course and in another required course on logic and rhetoric. And in a number of african american studies and polictical science courses. It was unavoidable.

    God bless the Core Curriculum for that.

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    I voted "Yes, I took a class that incorporated critical thinking exercises" and I wish it happened a LOT earlier than college. I am trying to teach my son the same exercises but finding it difficult to "water down" the exercises to a 5th grade level. This kind of thing should be taught in elementary school onward in my opinion.

    *edit- said high school, meant college*

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    I don't think I ever took a class specifically in critical thinking or reasoning. I think I took a lot of classes that made me think critically, but I don't suppose too many people realize that they don't think critically, so I see no reason to think that I would, either.

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    crystaleternity, the wikipedia entry on "critical thinking" is basically what a crititcal thinking class covers.

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    Somewhat embarrassingly, I think nine-tenths of what I know about critical thinking comes from being around the Spousal Unit. She's got an amazing built-in bullshit detector and it's a learning experience to be around her.

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    I took a few philosophy classes in college that encouraged free thinking. I was also part of the gifted and talented class in high school, which encouraged all of us who were a part of it to choose what we wanted to study, and to let us form our own opinions about whatever it was that we chose. i chose to learn about the following: religion, economics, sleep and dreaming patterns, and scandinavian myths.

    honestly, i never thought that those classes would impact me much, but i just realized that they did, which is why i can think things through and logically (unlike most people i know) and form my own opinions. that and having great parents.

    thanks, stella. good post!


 
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