by Stephen Downes
Aug 14, 2014
Content and continuous learning: The cornerstones of a learning architecture
Dawn of Learning Blog,
I sort of wonder about this observation: "What separates powerful learning and development organizations from the middling crowd? A May 2014 report... identifies what high-impact learning organizations (HILO's) are. In short, they actively make use of their technology, modalities and learning architecture in support of L&D objectives." I doubt that this is what distinguishes them. Perhaps what distinguishes them is that they do it successfully. But from my observation, they're all using the technology, and all pursuing L&D objectives. The superficiality of analysis is choking the discipline!
Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking
This idea surfaces from time to time and is commonly found with the same central tenets as are found here:
- critical thinking is not a skill - thinking of it as a skill reduces it to second-rate applications of tricks of logic
- critical thinking means some form of indoctrination, typically feminist or Marxist
- critical thinking is itself uncritical and typically involves adopting some perspective
As a long-time teacher of critical thinking as well as a student of the ideas behind it, I think I can unequivocally say that these three points are nonsense. Critical thinking is a set of tools that help you correct errors in your own reasoning and resist being persuaded by errors in others. It has the same status as mathematics, and failing to teach it has similarly devastating consequences.
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