Thinking and analyzing in the twenty-first century entails questioning the information that's put before us, developing new ways of doing things, thinking on our own, and being adaptable. How have you been exposed to these skills in your schooling? It's important to learn how to think, not just what to think.
Watch these middle school teachers discuss “21st-Century Skills,” or the skills they teach their students to be successful in the twenty-first century. As you watch the video, think back to your experiences in middle school.
Were you taught these types of skills in middle or high school? Most likely, the answer is no. Unfortunately, our education system often focuses on facts and statements rather than the mental processes behind learning. In this section, we’ll focus on how human beings think—and how understanding thought can help you learn.
For more information on this topic, watch this TED Talk called How to think, not what to think by Jesse Richardson:
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