1. Self-awareness matters.
Most of us wish those people over there (the ones we don’t agree with) would be better critical thinkers. In fact, like driving, nearly everyone thinks they’re good at it and everyone else isn’t. To be a quality thinker, it’s important to take an “academic selfie”—to flip the camera lens and notice what’s going on with ourselves when we’re confronted with an idea or interpretation of information. We can notice a flash of embarrassment or anger. Perhaps a knot in our stomachs, or a surge of confirmation that feels like triumph. This experience happens to kids in our care a lot.
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