Our work (research) in interpersonal communication and social psychology has led us to conclude on the inexorable need for a solid Critical thinking framework. This does not imply that people are unable to think, rather that we all need methods to distinguish truth from falsity, to challenge our own thinking processes and to test our conclusions. We strongly believe that the future of our society depends not on our ability to suspend judgment but on being able to make better, more just and adequate judgments about the important things in life – the things that affect us all. And with the understanding that people deserve dignity and respect, we focus our efforts on challenging and testing ideas and principles not those who hold them.
The advent of technology and the vast information attainable through the Internet makes this project of greater value today than ever before. Our youth is inundated with unverified information everyday, which they passively accept and often to the detriment of their intelligence. The most important part of this project is to impart upon our youth and decision makers of the future the need for an attitudinal shift in thinking, which makes thought free from bias, and intellectually honest.
We know that through this project building a positively productive society is possible, by leading people to look at the world properly. People who think critically consistently attempt to live rationally, reasonably, emphatically, they are keenly aware of the inherently flawed nature of human thinking when left unchecked.
Our framework is designed specifically to engage students in the attitudinal component of critical thinking, or to make them see the importance of proper thinking and thus make them want to be good at thinking. It includes but is not limited to Beyer’s Critical thinking formulation, and it emphasizes the correlation between good thinking skills and meta-cognition.
“The decision to test and challenge what we think we know and how we know it seems to come from a desire to be happy by knowing the truth, and therein lays a complex paradox. Can everyone think critically? Or can everyone be taught the skills required to think critically? Yes, but the process, as it is with any form of important education is more difficult for some. I believe that the main objective of those willing to take on this challenging process is to guide others to understand the attitudinal change that needs to take place in the observer. We need to guide people to want to look at reality more objectively and to understand that our emotions, as important as they are, can keep us from achieving different levels of happiness and psychological freedom. “