We’re going to need lots of good thinkers this year.
As we reflect on the past year, we all can celebrate some successes, but there are hard problems still to be resolved.
As Albert Einstein said: ““We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
We will all need to be better thinkers to navigate through the problems and opportunities facing us and our societies today and in the future. We give ourselves the best opportunity for success in 2020 when:
- we can differentiate between unfounded opinions and well-reasoned points of view
- we can explain our perspectives based on sound reasons and good evidence
- we maintain a positive thinking mindset that prizes truth-seeking and fair-mindedness
Building strength in thinking skills and mindset should be a global educational goal. Democracies flourish, professions serve, businesses excel, and student achieve their career goals when people make well-reasoned, reflective and purposeful judgments about what to believe or what to do in all aspects of their lives.
What can I do?
The best way to think better is to practice your critical thinking skills.
You can start by using these eight ways to think better every day
- Call out and praise good thinking.
- Don’t settle for myopic, biased or careless thinking.
- Listen carefully.
- Evaluate and understand the sources of information.
- Consciously think about the quality of your decision-making.
- Cultivate positive habits of mind.
- Practice your skills of analysis, evaluation, inference, inductive and deductive reasoning.
- Be thoughtful.
Make it your New Year’s Resolution to do whatever we can to encourage and to celebrate well-reasoned decision making and effective problem solving in education, business, and government, and in our personal and civic lives. It’s important to let well-reasons ideas be expressed and shared.
Join Insight Assessment, the worldwide leader in the measurement of reasoning skills and thinking mindset, in making 2020 a “Year for Better Thinking.”
More information about good thinking:
- Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts
- Critical Thinking: A Better Way Peter Facione’s guest blog post discussing why it’s important to share HOW you think, not just WHAT you think
- Good thinking pays off
- Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT to explore ways we can all develop and benefit from stronger thinking in the classroom and workplace.
- Contact us to learn more about our thinking and reasoning assessment solutions.