Something else to seriously consider if you’re a parent with a teenage son or daughter contemplating college: Choosing a major as a top priority and incredibly important test of your child’s critical thinking skillset.

Watch them carefully. How do they go about making this decision?

Initially, have they researched all the options open to them other than college?

Is theirs a logical and rational thought process where they actually do think it through – or is it the exact opposite, where impulsiveness and impatience are their only guides? Are they being proactive in their decision making process – or are their decisions simply reactive to their own changing subjective feelings and opinions? Are they exercising independent thought to actually decide long term what is truly best for them – or are they merely going to college because that’s what it seems like all their friends are doing so they figure it must be right for them as well?

A possibly life altering decision hangs in the balance. We are not posing these questions to somehow force anyone through this critical thinking regimen, but only to reinforce the overriding necessity of thinking it through.

Extremeavarice.com would like to make you aware of a site that could prove to be invaluable:

Criticalthinking.org  

Following is the stated Mission for Criticalthinking.org and the Foundation for Critical Thinking. This text is quoted directly from the site in its entirety.  Please note that this is done to ensure there is no possible confusion or misinterpretation regarding the true purpose and goals of the site.

“The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation for Critical Thinking – two sister educational non-profit organizations – work closely together to promote educational reform. We seek to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.”

“Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions. After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.”

“Whereas society commonly promotes values laden with superficial, immediate ‘benefits,’ critical thinking cultivates substance and true intellectual discipline. Critical thinking asks much from us, our students, and our colleagues. It entails rigorous self-reflection and open-mindedness – the keys to significant changes.”

“Critical thinking requires the cultivation of core intellectual values such as intellectual humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility. Nothing of real value comes easily; a rich intellectual environment – alive with curious and determined students – is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process.”

“We do not just advocate educational and social reform based on critical thinking, we develop and build practical alternatives. In a world of accelerating change, intensifying complexity, and increasing interdependence, critical thinking is now a requirement for economic and social survival. Join us as we strive to make critical thinking a core social value and a key organizing concept for all educational reform.”

“The work of the Foundation is to integrate the Center’s research and theoretical developments, and to create events, courses, and resources designed to help educators improve their instruction. Materials developed through the Foundation for Critical Thinking include books, Thinker’s Guides, videos, and other teaching and learning resources. The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking sponsor the Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking, accredited online courses, and advanced international academies.”

Despite the fact that the site is geared more towards educators, please do not hesitate in thoroughly checking over certain sections of the included content in detail.

There are resources here for elementary educators through higher education faculty and students. There is a Library section that is well-stocked with critical thinking skillset publications and commentaries.  Also included are reference tabs for:

Professional Development, Research, Assessment and Testing, and Online Learning.

The site is extremely informative and contains a wealth of relevant facts, data, and resources. It can possibly be somewhat overwhelming at first glance to initially take it all in.  If this appears to be the case then please understand that more than likely you will find whatever critical thinking skillset information you’re looking for here if you’re willing to take the time to conduct the necessary research