In a recent documentary, author Fran Lebowitz proudly admits that she really likes talking with children because they are the only humans “who are not yet filled with cliché”, and that she enjoys being around people who tell her things she hasn’t already heard.
She’s not wrong. A child’s tremendous capacity for innovation and creativity both fascinates and, let’s face it, sometimes sparks a little envy in adults. It’s what inspired the creation and celebration of Kid Inventor’s Day, which happens to be this week. It also stands as a very good reason to teach thinking skills to children as early as possible, to make use of this incredible drive and power to make something new.
There are a number of reasons why critical thinking should be as important in education as literary or numeracy:
Encouraging the next generation of thinkers to think critically while they’re still young is likely to result in all kinds of future innovation, and that’s something to look forward to. But what about grown-ups?
Well, just as it’s never to early to learn to think critically, its never too late. Whether you’re just finishing kindergarten, or you’re in the middle of your career, all of the reasons to teach these vital skills to kids apply to you. Grown-up thinkers would probably do well to try to think more like a kid.
It’s with all of this in mind that our sister company, Red T Kids, produces multimedia, interactive materials for children ages 5 and up who are building their critical thinking skills. If you’re curious about ways to bring critical thinking into your home, or if you’re looking for fun and entertaining ways to kick off your own learning journey, check out RedTKids.com.