Critical thinking is more important than ever. With the daily barrage of information that social media brings into our lives, learning to differentiate truth from false or misleading statements can make a crucial difference for your children.
Some people associate critical thinking with courses taught at university level. And while it’s never too late to enjoy the benefits of critical thinking, it’s best to familiarize your children with this frame of mind as soon as possible. Needless to say, you can’t use complicated terms with them, but you can take some simple steps to get them started in the everyday applications of critical thinking. For example:
- Ask your children a lot of open-ended questions
- Teach them to differentiate ideas from opinions
- Ask them how they would solve a specific problem
- Encourage them to offer opinions
The importance of reading in the development of critical thinking cannot be overstated. Above all, reading helps your children gain an almost intuitive understanding of how to structure ideas. Additionally, reading offers other benefits including improving concentration, enhancing empathy and helping children learn the difference between fact and fiction.
Make a point of providing physical books to your children. Reading on electronic devices comes with its own set of advantages, but reading exclusively on screens may lead to shallow reading, which is not the best reading mode to evaluate information critically.
Practice Critical Thinking With Your Children
Practice makes perfect, and critical thinking is no exception to this centuries-old rule. The Internet is an ideal environment to explore with your children and help them develop their critical thinking skills. After all, the Internet is also where critical thinking will be more necessary in the immediate future. For instance, you can consider doing the following activities with your children to show them how to assess the information they come across:
- Make searches together and teach them to evaluate sources
- Show them how to stay focused while they’re online
- As they grow, familiarize them with fact-checking websites and the concept of fact-checking itself
In conclusion, more than an intellectual skill, critical thinking is a life skill that will become even more important in the years to come. Below you will find some useful posts to keep fostering critical thinking in your children.
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