Source: "Critical Thinking Explained," ProCon.org, June 3, 2013
ProCon.org announces its new video "Critical Thinking Explained" about critical thinking and how studies show that it encourages citizen involvement.
This latest episode in ProCon.org’s Critical Thinking Video Series focuses on facts and studies showing that critical thinking, especially through discussion and debate of controversial issues, often leads to people being more likely to vote, follow political news, influence public policy, have an interest in the political process, attend community meetings, participate in charity events, and generally become more involved citizens.
93 percent of college faculty surveyed in 2005 reported that developing students' ability to think critically was an essential goal of undergraduate education. Critical thinking was considered the second most valuable life skill (after interpersonal skill) in a 1994 survey of 11,000 UCLA graduates. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in 1947, "The function of education… is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically."
The 2:46 video shows that people use critical thinking every day, such as when deciding which tomato to buy or which movie to watch. However, when it comes to making major decisions on important social issues, people often find it too difficult or time-consuming to think critically about them. The video demonstrates that by applying the same daily critical thinking process towards social and political issues, the result is often more civic engagement.
The video production was generously sponsored by the DC-based Herb Block Foundation, whose "Encouraging Citizen Involvement" grants help to "ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement."
For more information about critical thinking, visit the ProCon.org "Teachers' Corner" which provides studies, articles, and many teacher resources related to the impact of critical thinking.
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