“The essence of an independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” – Christopher Hitchens
Critical thinking helps the child to be more curious about their things and surroundings; they become better
problem solvers and decision makers in situations. It boosts creativity and makes the child more independent
in their thinking process. It helps us make the correct choices. When in the face of a problem, it helps us reveal
the problem’s issues, such as bias, prejudice etc.
It is rightly said by Joseph Joubert “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question
without debating it.”He was the first one to make use of the term. In fact, the term is especially relevant to all
of us as Dewey asserted that critical thinking must be one of the key aims of education.
Our school’s new curriculum design and the New National Education Policy 2020 too lay great emphasis on
critical thinking. The policy talks of reducing curriculum and redesigning assessment so that teachers can give
adequate time and weight age to the nurturing of critical thinking at all stages of education
Critical thinking is a necessary pre-condition to eliminate biases. In a multicultural and secular country like
ours, critical thinking saves us from falling prey to troublesome agendas. Not only do we need critical thinking
as students in education, but truly we need it as citizens committed to the cause of nation building and
solidarity. Critical thinking requires creative insight, intellectual honesty, and sound judgment. These are the
exact dispositions needed to create an inclusive, united and sustainable world.
Let us pledge to try and be critical thinkers and informed citizens.