Go with STEAM

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I give myself a little treat on Sundays, I have the New York Times delivered to my home. I don’t watch the news or read the local paper. With 2 kids, running a residential Design Firm, being a soccer Mom, running and writing, I am very selective in how I take in information. I love the NYT because of the perspectives it provides of the lives, politics, stories, art from around the world. For me it is thought provoking and inspiring.

I want to share with you a level of validation of your creativity for the good of the entire world. This is piece I came across in an article about a man who was radicalized in Pakistan but later rejected those beliefs. Though this is not what the article was about, one paragraph caught my attention being a mother with children in the education system. He goes on, “It’s possible to be too glib about the impact of education: Osama bin Laden was an engineer. Ayman al-Za-wahri, the current leader of Al Qaeda,  is a trilingual surgeon. Rafi ( the person this article is about) notes that Pakistani doctors or engineers are sometimes extremists because in that country’s specialized education system they gain confidence of a university degree without the critical thinking that comes from an acquaintance with the liberal arts.”

Liberal arts education, those first two years that I went through at the university level, what they teach minimally at the local community colleges and what they continually take away at the secondary and primary levels of education, are what could save our world from terrorism. That is the real truth…What so many concentrate on in the third world countries is happening just as prolifically here. WE are pulling our children away from a balanced core education. We are being fed a line that STEM curriculum is the new way to a better world.

Why is it important…

“Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following :

  • understand the logical connections between ideas
  • identify, construct and evaluate arguments
  • detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning
  • solve problems systematically
  • identify the relevance and importance of ideas
  • reflect on the justification of one’s own beliefs and values

Critical thinking is not a matter of accumulating information. A person with a good memory and who knows a lot of facts is not necessarily good at critical thinking. A critical thinker is able to deduce consequences from what he knows, and he knows how to make use of information to solve problems, and to seek relevant sources of information to inform himself.

Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or being critical of other people. Although critical thinking skills can be used in exposing fallacies and bad reasoning, critical thinking can also play an important role in cooperative reasoning and constructive tasks. Critical thinking can help us acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. We can use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social institutions.” http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/critical/ct.php

BOOM… Waaaaahhhht

 

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