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Critical thinking

Abraham Mathew, Sharjah / 9 October 2012

The educational system remains unchanged since decades. Even today, a great deal of emphasis is laid on rote learning – the teacher gives the answer to be memorised for reproduction in the examination. Original thinking is not encouraged in the classrooms.

Helping students to become effective thinkers should be one of the fundamental purposes of a good education system. Unfortunately, the educational system has to transcend beyond the traditional boundaries and teaching methods.

Critical thinking is very important. Moreover, as far as decision-making and problem solving is concerned, critical thinking skill is highly necessary  to ensure adaptability  in to the rapid technological changes of the modern world. In fact, present day jobs require people who can comprehend, judge and participate in generating new knowledge and processes towards a global market.

Education is a lifelong process, which enriches the life of an individual with knowledge and wisdom. Hence, we have to enhance independent and critical thinking among our students, starting from the primary to the university level. Encouraging students to engage in critical thinking is vital to improve  the quality of the learning process in the classroom. We must initiate social change from the classrooms. Educational institutions must aim at developing a thinking society, capable of dreaming new and creative ideas. The current needs dynamic youngsters who can solve their day-to-day issues with courage and conviction.

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