Why It Matters: Thinking and Analysis

Watch these middle school teachers discuss “21st-Century Skills,” or the skills they teach their students to be successful in the twenty-first century. As you watch the video, think back to your experiences in middle school.

You can view the transcript for “21st Century Skills in Action: Critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving” here (opens in new window).

Were you taught these types of skills in middle or high school? Most likely, the answer is no. Unfortunately, our education system often focuses on facts and statements rather than the mental processes behind learning. In this section, we’ll focus on how human beings think—and how understanding thought can help you learn.

For more information on this topic, watch this TED Talk called How to think, not what to think by Jesse Richardson:

You can view the transcript for “How to think, not what to think | Jesse Richardson | TEDxBrisbane” here (opens in new window).


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