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Critical Thinking

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Camille Paglia’s Ambiguous Critical Legacy

Oct 13, 2015 by Stephen Eide |

Steven Eide discusses the influence of Camille Paglia on modern theory and criticism.

The Pressure of Group Thought

Aug 31, 2015 by Peter Wood |

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

How Higher Ed Fails Students, Especially Leftist Ones

Aug 06, 2014 by George Leef |

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

Unpersuasive book argues that higher education should have a leftist bias

Apr 23, 2014 by 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 this book are pointless and screechy."

Education by Metaphor

Sep 19, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Professor Robert Frost on poetry and education.

The Fall 2013 Issue of Academic Questions Is Out

Sep 13, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

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

What Were They Thinking?

Jul 13, 2012 by Peter Wood |

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

Two Kinds of Critical Thinking

May 08, 2012 by AILACT |

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

Wall-Chart Wisdom

Jan 17, 2012 by Peter Wood |

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

Some Critical Thoughts

Jan 13, 2012 by Peter Wood |

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

Some Critical Thinking for 2012

Jan 09, 2012 by Steve Balch |

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

Can You Drop It on Your Foot?

Jun 02, 2011 by John Maguire |

A college writing professor urges students to avoid "abstractitis" and use concrete nouns.

Moralism and Sustainability

May 19, 2011 by William H. Young |

Universities should prepare students to draw responsible rather than moralistic conclusions. Sustainability ideology, however, encourages people to make decisions based on personal or collective moral intuition, not critical thought.

Some College Students Really Do Learn Critical Thinking

Mar 16, 2011 by George Leef |

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call,  Professor David Clemens discusses the general failure to teach college students critical thinking — despite the fact that many schools trumpet that as one of their goals…

The Cultural Contradictions of Sustainability

Mar 11, 2011 by William H. Young |

The sustainability movement aims to prevent expansion and propagate utopianism. Yet its advocates promote the spread of their ideas and seek "real change" in the real world. Higher education should train students to perceive the…

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