Our Students Will Be:
● Able To Solve Problems
● Independent And Open-minded
● Confident And Analytical
Critical thinking is the practice of solving problems, finding answers to complex inquiries, and analyzing information. Our 21st Century graduates must be equipped with the ability to verify the validity of information, find truth in differing claims, discern fact from fiction, and ask questions that lead to sound judgment.
Real World Connection
There is a profound disconnect between what potential employers are looking for in young people today (like critical thinking skills and communication) and what our schools are providing. (Tony Wagner 2009)
How it Looks in the Classroom
Our learning communities must be designed so that students ask questions, engage in inquiry of their world, debate important topics, research, think for themselves, and develop purposeful and independent habits of mind. Students can be empowered to make a difference in our community and classrooms by working on and finding real solutions to current problems.
“Sometimes I feel teachers are teaching us to remember but not to think.” High School Student, 2019 Curriculum Audit
65% of college professors report that what is taught in high school does not prepare students for college. High school students rarely have to explain their reasoning or apply knowledge to new situations. Global Achievement Gap (Wagner, 2008)