Review of The Basics of Critical Thinking from the Critical Thinking Co.10:44 AM
In today's world, people often talk in sound bytes, with little regard for facts, and with much emotion. It's popular in movies, politics, and social media, but it's not the way I want my kids to communicate. How then, do parents easily teach their kids the basics of critical thinking and Socratic method? We had a chance to review the The Basics of Critical Thinking workbook from The Critical Thinking Co., and I think it's one of the best ways to start kids in the right direction.
First, I should tell you that I'm a big fan of all of The Critical Thinking Co.'s products. We've used their Root Words, Science Detective, and You Decide! materials with our kids for years. I knew that they had a full line of Critical Thinking foundational studies, but I hadn't tried them. This book was a great introduction into what to expect from them with regards to handling the heavy topics of critical thinking.
I had my 6th grade son do this workbook a few times a week, and he told me -- after the 2nd lesson -- that it was one of his favorite activities to do. Often, if we had time, I would go over the activities with him in the car, while my husband drove. I loved learning alongside him! Some of the topics that were covered in this colorful workbook included:
- Decisions vs. Conclusions
- Beliefs vs. Claims
- Facts vs. Opinions
- Venn Diagrams
- Valid and Invalid Arguments
- Straw Man Tactics
- Analogy Arguments
- and so much more!