Teaching Students to Think Instead of What to Think

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    Believing the True Believers
    By Thomas Sowell for townhall.com
    March 1, 2005

    Excerpted article:

    Back in the days of the divine rights of kings, it might be understandable why a given monarch might think that what he wanted was all that mattered. But, in an age of democracy, how can millions of people live together if each one asserts a divine right to impose his or her will on others?

    Surely our educational system has failed if it has not taught something so basic in logic or morality. But too many of our schools and colleges have been so busy pushing particular forms of political correctness that they have not bothered to explain why other views by other people cannot be ignored intellectually or disregarded politically.

    The time is long overdue for our media and our educational institutions to start presenting both sides of issues -- and for our schools and colleges to start teaching students how to think, instead of telling them what to think.
    ©2005 Creators Syndicate, Inc

    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20050301.shtml
     

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