How not to feel like an idiot in 2018

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
[ John F. Kennedy ]

Kennedy was absolutely right. But this must happen in an environment in which people have the skills to judge truth and falsehood correctly. How are we doing with that in 2018?

How often do you feel like you have a handle on complex matters in the news or in your kid’s homework? Can you brilliantly express your point of view and even persuade someone of it?

Be honest. Do you know how to make wise judgments and sound arguments about climate change, Brett Kavanaugh, police shootings, immigration policy, First Amendment matters, Dancing with the Stars, and other significant goings-on in the US and the world today? Ever-growing skills in statement classification, research, analysis, and argument are required.

That’s why I created The Thinkery and its signature course, Critical Thinking Basics. The world has changed dramatically since the JFK era. Now, more than ever, we need these skills. I encourage you to check out this course, online or in Vancouver, WA. You’ll be glad you did.


In what areas of life these days do you sense the greatest need for critical thinking? Share your thoughts by leaving a reply below!

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