Critical thinking

Decision making and problem solving

In their pre-and early teen years, children start to be confronted with some of the complexities of life, and it is important that children be equipped to be able to negotiate these difficulties. As children move towards adulthood and independence, they need to be able to make informed choices and decisions and to have the ability to solve problems.

During adolescence children transition in many ways including how they receive information. In early childhood, children tend to accept information at face value, rarely questioning accuracy or authenticity but as they mature they need to be able to challenge ideas and assumptions (think of ‘fake news’ as an example).

Exercising critical thinking helps children to untangle right from wrong, true from the false and so on and so forth.

 

Complexities of life

How we help

We help children to adopt the techniques associated with critical thinking such as

  • observation,
  • consideration,
  • analysis,
  • reflection and
  • evaluation

while impressing upon them the importance of gathering information from several sources (knowledge) as a vital foundation upon which they can begin to exercise the techniques of critical thinking.

Throughout our lives, we are all called upon to think critically whether at personal, academic or professional levels, so the sooner children learn the art of critical thinking the better they will be equipped to manage the complexities of life.

Critical thinking