Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teach Your Child How to Think

Today's kids have life-and-death choices to make.

Are you going to wait until schools start to teach thinking directly to your children? That may be too late. Thinking is the most fundamental of human skills but education does very little about it. Where is 'thinking' in the curriculum?

The belief that intelligence and thinking are the same has led to some unfortunate conclusions:

Students with high intelligence are automatically good thinkers.
Students with low intelligence can never be good thinkers.
The more information you have the smarter you are.
Wisdom can't be taught...it comes with age and experience.
Our increasingly complicated lifestyle demands clear and constructive thinking: making decisions, making choices, taking initiatives, and being creative. Watching television for twenty to thirty hours a week, as many children do, results in a passive mind that can only copy what others are doing (including drugs, sex and violence). Give your child a better chance in life. Thinking is a skill....even a superior brain is wasted without it. You can start to teach your child how to think now.

With examples, exercises, games, and drawings, Dr de Bono, a Rhodes scholar and leading authority on the direct teaching of thinking, demonstrates the difference between intelligence and thinking, and provides a step-by-step method for helping children develop clear and constructive thinking. Even one or two thinking habits taken from his book and given to your children may strongly affect their life.

Edward De Bono's CoRT programme is the most widely used international method of direct teaching of thinking in schools.

Source (http://www.edwdebono.com/debono/tyc.htm)

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