Critical Thinking Through Read-Alouds

For 18 years I have worked with some of the youngest learners — emerging readers. In just my second year as a teacher I was assigned the inclusion 2nd-grade classroom, working with children who are 7-years old and have learning differences. It pushed me to find new ways to help them embrace critical thinking.

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Everything You Need to Know About Groupthink

Everything You Need to Know About Groupthink

For social psychologist Irving Janis, Pearl Harbor was a perfect example of what he called “groupthink” in a 1971 article in Psychology Today. For Janis, groupthink was at the heart of some of the worst disasters and poorest decisions in world history, including Pearl Harbor. Today groupthink continues to help explain many large-scale blunders and problems, from the 2008 financial crisis to social media pile-on.

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Subway riders reading newspapers

New Study Links Social Media Usage to Poor News Judgment

Press Release: New Study Links Social Media Usage to Poor News Judgment The Reboot Foundation finds older Internet users prefer clickbait, most users are not as adept at identifying fake news as they believe. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kent Fischer, kent@reboot-foundation.org For Release: September 21, 2020 PARIS – New research from the Reboot Foundation finds that the more people

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Alternative Perspectives

Survey: Americans Don’t Listen to Alternative Perspectives

Press Release: Survey: Many Americans Don’t Listen to Alternative Perspectives, Lack Other Critical Thinking Skills There is Broad Support for Teaching Reasoning in Schools   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kent Fischer, kent@reboot-foundation.org For Release Nov 10, 2020 PARIS – A survey published today by the Reboot Foundation finds that nearly half of Americans acknowledge that they

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Seven Ways Adults Can Help Kids Become Better Critical Thinkers

The internet offers a wealth of resources for learning and social connection. But it also can expose impressionable young people to false information that can undercut their education. To be successful learners, kids and teens need to be savvy critical thinkers.

Adults can do a lot to help kids and teens become critical thinkers, and many underestimate how much reasoning their children can do at a young age.

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What Is Critical Thinking? How Can It Be Improved?

The term “critical thinking” is used a lot: by educators, politicians, journalists, and the general public. But when it comes down to saying exactly what critical thinking actually is — and is not — there is vagueness and confusion.

Although it’s complicated and multi-faceted, critical thinking can be defined. As cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes, the activities of critical thinking can be divided into three areas: reasoning, making judgments, and problem-solving. Critical thinking means becoming skilled in all three areas. It means, in brief, thinking well.

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The Misinformation Effect and the Psychology Behind Fake News

Since the 2016 election, there has been a great deal of talk about fake news, or misinformation, and the impact it continues to have on elections and public discourse around the world. The Reboot Foundation recently released a report on this topic, outlining the nature of the misinformation crisis and offering several suggestions for addressing it.

As non-profit organizations, governments, and citizens move forward in addressing these issues, it’s important that interventions be based on a good understanding of how misinformation works and why it is effective.

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Everything You Need To Know About Emotional Reasoning

Emotions can be one of the most serious barriers to critical thinking. When people are engaged in emotional reasoning, they get easily seduced by weak logic, engage in ad hominem attacks, or plainly ignore evidence contrary to their point of view.

Lately, there’s been ample evidence of this kind of emotional reasoning online, including people at the top of their professions in politics, business, and elsewhere.

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A Third of The Public Believes in COVID-19 Myths

Combating Fake News

Press Release: A Third of The Public Believes in COVID-19 Myths: Social Media Use Linked With Increased Virus Misinformation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alexander Stern alex@reboot-foundation.org For Release April 2, 2020 Misinformation can be dangerous even during times of relative calm, but during a health crisis like the current pandemic the stakes are much higher.

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