Do you believe that only certain students should be schooled in the art of critical thinking?
After all, only some of us are intelligent enough to take AP classes, rich enough to afford excellent schooling or engaged enough to even want to think critically.
This flawed thinking is at the heart of our public school system and is demonstrated in its mandatory testing, gifted programs, learning-disabled labels, arbitrary standards and grade levels. They all strangle the ability for each student to think critically.
I am convinced that needed changes must begin at the local level. Parents and educators must go beyond identifying and pointing to the problems in our schools. We must use critical thinking strategies ourselves to analyze, evaluate and create an exciting personalized educational environment which will inspire students to desire greatness in themselves and that will encourage critical thinking in our students.
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Garth Jackson is a clear champion for this change. As a teacher, engineer and an active participant at school board meetings he will work with both teachers and families to spearhead changes which will bring thinking back to the classroom.
Vote for Garth Jackson.