Should critical thinking be one of the important aims of education?Critical thinking involves analyzing information and sources without any bias and then forming a logical opinion supported by convincing and conclusive arguments. We all know that there was (and still is?) a belief that the earth is flat. It is because few scholars and scientists thought critically and endeavored to think differently that led to the conclusion that the earth is in fact round.
One may gather information from different sources, but you must have it in your mind that all such information need not be true/ factual. Thinking differently is not an abnormality but it should be rational and supported by believable concrete facts.
Critical thinking has different aspects and being unbiased while at the same time not neglecting your views is an important factor. While taking a critical view of any information, you must consider factors like the authenticity of the source, the status and background of the source, whether the arguments put forth by the author is convincing, whether a view is biased or not etc. You must not be critical just because the ideas or views expressed does not match yours. Critical thinking must be an open field and you must be ready to accept the conclusion even if it is against your arguments.
One need not take the opinion of anyone to be final, irrespective of the position of the source. If you feel that there is a point/ points with which you can't agree, you must refer to other sources and gather as much information on the topic as possible and the analyze the whole thing in total to arrive at a judgement which should, again, be logical.
Students, I feel, should have a critical mind because it is then only that they would be able to ask questions like how, why, why not etc. If one is to just listen to the lectures and read texts without an analytical mind, you will be just repeating what is being taught to you. When you approach a topic critically, you tend not only to get your doubts cleared but also learn the topic better and get it engraved in your mind.
What is your opinion?