Teaching the Thinking that Counts

Based on Robert Swartz’s editorials for ENIAC published in Madrid, Spain, September, 2015 – January, 2016PART 11. Why Do We Need to Teach Students to Think?Well, everybody thinks. Maybe there is no need to teach thinking. But wait – while everyone thinks, not everyone thinks as carefully and as well as they could. ...

A Critical Thinker’s Challenge

DisasterIn June of 1995 the roof of a five-storey department store, the Sampoong Department Store, in Seoul, Korea, collapsed, falling through all five floors in less than 20 seconds and killing over 500 shoppers and employees.Within a week the authorities had ascertained what caused the roof to collapse: an air conditioning unit weighing four times ...

Basing Good Learning on Good Thinking

I. In 1976, the Direction of My Professional Life Changed ForeverI was a full professor with tenure at the new Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts. I went there in 1972 as Philosophy Department chairman, redesigned the philosophy program to ground it more in important concepts that speak to the lives of our students. ...