Category Archives: Activities to do with Children

Teaching What to Think or How to Think?

It used to be a rallying cry in education that we should teach students how to think rather than what to think. Looks like it was honored in the breach, doesn’t it? When educators today do attempt to teach thinking skills, it is called “critical thinking.” Why not analytical and synthetic thinking? Analytical thinking could sort through claims to find which are true/factual. Synthetic could build arguments and create in whatever topic area. Critical thinking sounds negative. It sounds destructive. It sounds anti-traditional. It sounds like “critical race theory.” All of that is for good reason — it is.

“Critical thinking” was supposed to be superior to traditional thinking that merely accepted what was taught. It is a synonym for more sophisticated, less moral and less traditional thinking. Unfortunately, many people learned this anti-God content, pride, and a false sense themselves as sophisticated in college — and then promptly stopped learning, or continuing to critique what they were taught, and indeed maybe stopped cognizing at all! Maybe that is harsh? Check out the sophomoric discussions of undergrads in the coffee house.

Worst of all, plainly, it was teaching what to think. And the results have not been good. Not for anyone.

Take a look at the resources for teaching “critical thinking skills” that come, unbidden, into faculty mailboxes and you will find an anti-traditional, anti-God bias. However, good I find that good logic skills can often be used in arguing for God and evangelism. Logic, as contrasted with “critical thinking” should be taught, and used — practiced in practical ways.

It is up to you parents to teach thinking skills. I doubt that a title “Logic” would be appealing except to a few parents home school in the classical method. Good titles are important. Feel free to suggest some.

Next week, we will begin a teach-in on thinking skills and statistics for citizens applied to the current concern. Nearly everyone’s attention is STILL on the subject. There is considerable doubling down on lies and malfeasance and a nascent uprising of informed citizens. Hope you find this helpful. Please share.

More Things To do With Your Children

As the end of summer is in sight, please spend some quality time with your children. Here are some ideas.

Soon, we will come up with some pointers on how to help your child think, learn, and sort out truth from lies.
Still, we have a document that helps you sort out what is true and what is false — in any situation. Simply use these 20 questions. To get it, simply sign up for announcements on the form beside this post on the right hand column of our website www.greatshalom.org. Fake emails are ignored.

Things to Do in the Summer with Children

July is already ending. Some of us are realizing that we haven’t done what we wanted to do with the kids this summer. Others are running out of ideas. LOL Anyway, the episodes that I share about activities are always popular, so I’ll include one or two now.

Just having fun is of real value for children who are drilled mercilessly on their weaknesses during school-time. Use the summer as fun time, and some of that fun can be very educative. Further their strengths. Do something multi-sensory and non-school-like that strengthens the deficits. Rythmn. Ordering. Coordination. Just don’t make it like school. Learning and school are NOT synonymous.

IDEA FOR IMPORTANT FUN LESSONS

There are some learning opportunities, however, outside of school, that I think we really need to focus on providing.
What I hear on the news media is maddening. Obviously, people have lost their reasoning powers. Or else, and more likely as the Bible says, some “are deceiving and being deceived.” It is evident that the accusations are projections, and the propaganda is an exact inversion of the truth. Please sign up for announcements and get our document “Twenty Questions to Ask Yourself to Tell What is True in All Circumstances.” We don’t share your info; we don’t sell your info; and we don’t send it out fast. (And I won’t send it out to any no-name strange email. It has to look real.)

Critical thinking exercises and even direct lessons on logic could be some summertime fun, too. Unless your child is privately educated, then he or she is almost certainly not getting logic lessons at school. My parents’ direct teaching on how to deconstruct advertising we very helpful. Obviously, most parents are teaching their children these things because lying advertising continues — because it makes money. Today, lessons in how to avoid distractions is even more important than in those days. When I was young the conversation was how horrible it was to advertise sugary boxed cereals during the Saturday morning children’s programming. So, I was never attracted or distracted by that sort of advertisement. I was, by contrast, impressed with the Olympic athletes on the Wheaties box. Hmm…. an implicit inference that Wheaties was more healthful than…. some other cereal. Are you having these conversations with your children?

Now, these sorts of inferences, along with outright lies are coming directly from what purports to be authoritative sources. Simple math. Basic statistics. Common sense would eradicate such fear mongering genocidal assault. Are you confused? Do you need help in how to teach your child? Let me know.

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