It’s about the time for the younger generation to teach how to think rather than what to think.
How do we think? What an impossible question! If I could answer it, I would have solved a great philosophical puzzle.
Think of your favorite person, replay your favorite memory with that person. Mentally multiply 10 by 25. Did you get the correct answer? I hope so.
Imagine koala munching on candy bars while 250 penguins wearing swimming suits. You might not have seen koala or penguins either, but that doesn’t stop you from generating vivid pictures of the scenes described above. All these exercises are just to show how amazing your brain is.
Thinking is an inevitable part of human life. Study says unconsciously or sub-consciously human brain keeps on thinking. And it is very important when it comes to a student to think. Thinking in steps, which is generally called as logical thinking, helps students boost their performance, not just academically but their overall performance gets groomed.
Students nowadays don’t think with logic. They take everything at face value and don’t take time to figure it out. The solution is very easily available to them, reducing the use of their brain to the fullest. The world is becoming tougher and tougher to survive, problems are becoming more complex. Complex problems are not easy to sort out. They need brainstorming and takes a lot to figure out the best solution. Thinking logically is the most fundamental way of thinking. Moms and dads need to be able to see beyond the test scores and work together to understand their children’s strength, interest, and talents as learning patterns emerge.
Aside from food, water, and shelter, the one thing that a person most need in life is education. Of those four necessities, education is the only one that can help ensure a person’s consistent ability to provide himself or herself with the other three. Unfortunately, the importance of logical thinking skills is underestimated in education and training in logical thinking skill is therefore grossly neglected. Logical and critical thinking are the basis for persuasive speech and are imperative skills in constructing an argument and scrutinizing opposing viewpoints. In the words of great Aristotle, “it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Critical thinking enables us to go into virtually any situation and to figure out the logic of whatever is happening in that situation. It provides a way for us to learn from new experiences through the process of continuous assessment. It, then, enables us to form sound beliefs and judgments, and in doing so, provides us a basis for emotional life.
Let us not go far beyond, as I write upon this article, I did not finally reach to the conclusion or the final article that you are reading. It took a continuous assessment and many changes were done, in fact, you have been handed over several times edited article. This is also an example and application of logical reasoning and critical thinking.
I strongly believe that critical thinking and logical reasoning ability should be inculcated into the students from a very young age. The rationality of the world is what is at risk. Too many people are taken advantage of because of their lack of critical thinking, logic and deductive reasoning. These same people are raising children without these same skills, creating a whole new generation of clueless people.
Finally, to conclude, I quote Julian Branes from ‘The sense of an editing’,
“He had a better mind and a more rigorous temperament than me; he thought logically, and then acted on the conclusion of logical thought. Whereas most of us, I suspect, do the opposite: we make an instinctive decision, then build up an infrastructure of reasoning to justify it. And call the result common sense”