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Criticism – “The Ability to Analyze Information and Ideas and to Form Reasoned Arguments and Judgments,” Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

In his book Creative Schools, The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D. posits: The ability to think clearly, consider arguments logically, and weigh evidence is one of the hallmarks of human intelligence. In the vernacular of independent school education this practice is referred to as critical thinking. In this technology supported world, it is easy to collect data of all sorts. The real challenge is how one analyzes and uses that data to develop solutions.

 

In a few short weeks, upper school students in grades 8-11 will be challenged with end of year exams. Although your child will receive guidance from their teachers in preparation for specific assessments, demonstrating the ability to think critically is the underlying task embedded in the final exam program. We aim to provide our students with opportunities to hone this skill since it is one that will greatly enhance success in college and beyond. Final exams are but one of those opportunities.

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