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The Importance of Learning to Reason Well in All Contexts

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In “Distressed Reasoning” Dr. Peter Facione writes, “Higher education anywhere in the world cannot be considered successful unless it guides students to reason well in all contexts, even those that may be distressing.  Critical thinking is essential not only for educational success, but for success in the workplace and in our personal lives.  Critical thinking is also essential if democracy is to flourish. We all must learn to reason together, even about issues people find to be emotionally volatile, e.g. immigration, climate change, religious freedom, same sex marriage, domestic terrorism, K-12 education.  The best college level educational experiences are those that challenge us to bring fair-mindedness, reason, mutual respect and solid evidence to emotionally difficult topics. The best standardized critical thinking tests do the same.”

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