Teaching thinking

Edward de Bono, the man that encouraged us to think laterally says he’s seen iterations of the Federal Government’s ‘Education Revolution’ before.

In a recent interview, Dr de Bono argued that the Government should be focussed on the needs of young people not on constructing new school halls.

He believes it would more valuable to introduce thinking into the national curriculum because:

Teaching thinking gives youngsters the ability to take charge of their lives, the ability to make decisions, make choices….the focus should be on what you need to know now rather than what happened three or four hundred years ago…

As a leading thinker, de Bono makes a valid point – as important as the past is, we need to preparing students for today and beyond.   Teaching thinking is not a soft option, it requires rigour on the part of teachers, professional conversations on appropriate methodologies and engagement with expert thinkers and the broad community.

It is the difference between knowing and understanding, between learner and expert. If young people are to thrive in the 21st century, they must have the skills and ability to critically reflect and to see that there are many solutions to the one problem.

The current poll on bluyonder suggests that de Bono’s proposition has the support of the community.  Let’s implore governments to think outside the square.


One thought on “Teaching thinking

  1. Hi Greg,

    When Alan Reid was commissioned to examine the potential of a national curriculum in 2005, he examined the role of what he then described as ‘critical competencies’ that reflect the nature of content knowledge as no longer central to the concerns of teaching and learning in the C.21st – very similar to your summaries of De Bono’s comments here.

    Funny how easily such well-considered thoughts are so easily derailed by political point-scoring. You’re right though – we just have to stick to our guns.

    Michael

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