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Explore the debate and science of Critical Thinking.

August 31, 2015

The Pressure of Group Thought

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood questions the legitimacy of always seeking academic consensus.

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August 6, 2014

How Higher Ed Fails Students, Especially Leftist Ones

George Leef

At many institutions, professors shortchange students by affirming their existing beliefs, rather than challenging them on the path of "collision with error."

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April 23, 2014

Unpersuasive book argues that higher education should have a leftist bias

George Leef

"It reminds me of Don Quixote. Lazere wants his friends to see how gloriously he jousts with and punctures all those horrible right-wingers. But Cervantes’s novel is entertaining; the pages of t...

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September 19, 2013

Education by Metaphor

Tessa Carter

Professor Robert Frost on poetry and education.

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September 13, 2013

The Fall 2013 Issue of Academic Questions Is Out

Tessa Carter

The fall 2013 issue of AQ features "critical thoughts in critical times."

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July 13, 2012

What Were They Thinking?

Peter Wood

The platform committee of the Texas Republican Party backs away from its support of "critical thinking."

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May 8, 2012

Two Kinds of Critical Thinking

AILACT

A reply by the board of a scholarly organization to Peter Wood’s Comments on “Critical Thinking.”

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January 17, 2012

Wall-Chart Wisdom

Peter Wood

Peter Wood praises vintage illustrated botany and zoology wall charts as reflecting an antidote for postmodern epistemological malaise.

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January 13, 2012

Some Critical Thoughts

Peter Wood

Peter Wood argues that “critical thinking” in the humanities has come to mean uncritical orthodoxy.

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January 9, 2012

Some Critical Thinking for 2012

Steve Balch

What can higher education do to help equip Americans for informed citizenship?

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