CT is a set of thinking skills and attitudes which are foundational to sound Decision Making and effective Problem Solving. The ability to think critically and make sound decisions are key factors in academic achievement, career success, good citizenship and personal fulfillment.
Critical thinking is a skill set that can be enhanced and expanded through increased awareness, direct instruction and focused practice.
By increasing your capacity for critical thought, you will also increase your effectiveness in all fields of endeavor.
Why is Critical Thinking Crucial?
Tony Wagner identifies Critical Thinking as the # 1 survival skill for the 21st. century.
Tony Wagner is the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As well as authoring 5 books and numerous articles on innovation for the 21st century, he has advised such influential organizations as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Education and The Asia Society. In this keynote address to business and educational leaders at The Asia Society summer conference he puts forward 7 essential survival skills for the coming years, the foremost of which is Critical Thinking.