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When new technology makes a skill more essential than ever, I don’t think we can blame the technology for widespread laziness. True, it is easier than ever to ask a question and get an instant answer. But when, whether, and why one should or should not trust the answer one receives from Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, crowdsourcing, phoning a friend, or any other source is an important and obvious question that everyone ought to have been asking already, and merely continued to ask as new technology arrived.
I am responding here to thoughts shared on the Tech Edvocate blog in a post that lists critical thinking among the skills upon which technological change is having a detrimental impact. That post says:
Thinking - Context - Analysis - Conclusion - Steps
To think critically means to think about one’s thinking. What must I evaluate and in which context? How do I break a subject down for proper analysis? And finally, how did I come to my conclusion? These are all key steps in solving a problem...
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