Norm Wallen

Critical Thinking—Again?

Critical thinking has a checkered history as an avowed objective of education in our nation—honored more in theory than practice. Teachers have worked hard at it with varying amounts of support and arguable outcomes. Recently it has been getting renewed attention, in articles in this magazine, online curricula, and, at least in my community, concern over its place in the current wave of enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

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