Running Head: Critical thinking Rascon 1
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Critical Thinking Rascon 2
Critical thinking is something that should be taught in elementary schools. Having critical thinking skills can benefit kids in many ways. "The biggest problem facing educators today is the inability of most students to think analytically" (Why, 2005, Para 1). It benefits them in reading, math, writing, science, and test taking. There are many games, and activities to help elementary kids learn critical thinking.
First of all, critical thinking benefits kids in reading, and writing. An example of a need for critical thinking is that, "Students read well, but fail to understand what they have just read" (Why, 2005, para 2). Also stated in the article, "students with poor thinking skills have poor reading comprehension skills" (Why, 2005, Para 2). Not having critical thinking skills can affect kids in writing.
Stated in an article, "to communicate an idea clearly, a student must have a solid understanding of what he or she wants to say, and the ability to outline a logical sequence" (Why, 2005, Para 3).
Second of all, critical thinking skills benefit students in math, and science. Students have a difficult time with word problems, not because they cannot do the math, but because they cannot comprehend the problem enough to see the math (Why, 2005, Para 4). In science, students cannot apply the scientific method to their analysis of scientific studies, which is linked to the absence of critical thinking skills (Why, 2005,para 5). "Higher level math requires several thinking skills including deductive reasoning, classification, identifying sequences, and inferential reasoning" (Why, 2005, Para 4). If students get taught critical thinking early on it will benefit them for higher level learning skills as well.