Critical Thinking for Kids – A must watch!! – Review

Having a good grasp on the concepts of critical thinking is one of the most important things anyone can have. However learning in this area is often neglected or put off – especially in the school systems – because the concepts are somewhat complex and outcomes are often up for interpretation. In a world where people are bombarded with ideas, products and other propaganda on a constant basis, it is more important than ever to instill these traits into our children.

The Foundation for Critical Thinking has put together a series of short videos titled “The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children” that are great points to use to initiate further in depth discussions -

This instructional video was created from the Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking for Children by the Foundation for Critical Thinking. There are 5 Parts to this video (including the introduction) that teaches the concepts of fair-minded critical thinking to children. Although intended for K-6 audiences, even adults can learn from and enjoy this video.
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Three Kinds of thinkers -  this chapter introduces the concept of fair-mindedness in how a person thinks. The concepts of intellectual apathy and egocentricity are explained simply and clearly for younger audiences through three examples.
Part 3 What is Critical Thinking? (standards) - Critical Thinking is simply defined with an introduction into the standards by which we may judge our thinking. The concepts of being clear, accurate, relevant, fair and logical are presented and explained.
Part 4 The Parts of Thinking - The parts (basic elements) of thought are presented and explained. Example questions that clarify the parts are presented to the student. Content covered and defined includes: Purpose, Question, Information, Concept, Assumption, Inference, Point of View, Implications and Conclusions
Part 5 Intellectual Virtues - The definition of “Intellectual Virtues” (or traits) is presented along brief definitions of 6 intellectual virtues. Intellectual: integrity, independence, perseverance, empathy, humility and courage


I thought this series was done very well, especially in their emphasis on comprehending concepts and looking beyond the exterior content for what is really being conveyed in a variety of different situations. The examples and extreme character identities that are laid out are a great way to help children understand where certain faults and attributes can lead you. I also feel that the vocalization of thought patterns used in video two is a useful way for kids to hear these ideas and help them realize how irrational they sound. The standards and virtues are explained in concise understandable terms and while these titles are designed for a K-6 audience, anyone who watches them is sure to gain some great insight and tactics to take with them on their path of learning! The Foundation of Critical Thinking website also has a lot of free resources for older students as well.

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