Cogito, ergo sum: I think therefore I am
So said French philosopher Descartes, thus providing a solid foundation for knowledge and learning over the past 400 years or so.
But are we in danger of no longer valuing critical thinking skills?
Facts are important – they set a constant which helps us to frame our lives. We know, for example, that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 100 pennies in a pound. That knowledge is important should not be open to debate.
As Daisy Christodoulou (2014) said: “Factual knowledge is closely integrated with creativity, problem-solving and analysis. It allows these skills to happen.”
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