For quite some time now I’ve been questioning our desire to have students who are critical thinkers. Do we really want that?
What happens when these students that we’ve empowered to have wonderfully evaluative thinking skills decide that they need to make improvements to their learning environment? Will you stand beside them and support them? Will you empower them to seek and facilitate change?
Or, will you explain the rules of the ‘game’, bogging them down with all the ‘ya but’ explanations that let them know you really weren’t serious about the development of their critical thinking skills. Maybe you were okay with it during the the contrived classroom scenario but when it comes to something they really care about in ‘real life’ can you embrace this as part of your curriculum?
I worry that we need to get real with students and empower their dreams about taking action, while supporting them to think critically about how they might do that in order to have a real impact on their world, their future, and of course, ours as well. I love the following video, where Scott McLeod challenges us to make the extra-curricular the curricular…to make taking action and personal passion a part of becoming a concerned citizen and a life long learner, and be more trusting of our awesome students!