Pros/Cons of Critical ThinkingWatch
Those who have done this, please discuss pros and cons!
Our school forces us to do both Critical thinking and General Studies, but I can't really see if there is any point in either to be honest. Although CT is much more interesting than GS.
Edit: just wanted to say i'm doing it because: a) possible help with BMAT, though this seems dubious..
b) possibly look good on ucas etc. if i get an A
c) don't want to do other enrichment courses ..."learning to cook on a budget.."
but yeah, that said it's not that bad, just generally patronising/ pointless
As a subject, it is quite pointless for A-Level, as the things it teaches are things that, by the time they're capable of A-Levels, a person knows anyway. However, I found it fairly interesting, since we spent the hour-long class discussing and debating moral and ethical issues, and thinking about our own opinions - and I enjoy in-depth discussions.
Since it's more of a common-sense subject, you can do very little extra work, and, provided you know those key terms, still do well in the final exams. It's worth taking it for the extra qualification, as it involves no real extra effort on your part, and won't cut into the valuable time you'll want to spend on your other A-Levels.
- Helps with some uni admissions tests
- Get an extra qualification at the end of it
- Helps you to analyse arguments etc better
- Very good if you're planning on doing law at uni, apparently
- You might have to turn up to a lesson once in a while
- Everyone says it's worthless
You might as well take it...
A lot of people say it's pointless, but does it really help with BMAT?
I am already doing 5 A-levels and have next to zero free time. People doing the IB have more time off than I do!
None of the current class times fit into my timetable, but I could ask to have it rescheduled or something.
I just want to know if it will be a worthless waste of time that I could otherwise utilise to salvage the pieces of social life that I have left.
It does seem like common sense but the subject will help you gain critical and analytical skills for when working with your other qualifications as well as real life.
Main keywords that we were taught already (BEERVAN): Bias, Expertise/Experience, Reputation, Vested interest, Ability to see, Neutrality
By learning the actual definitions of these words, mixing up 'bias', 'vested interest' and 'neutrality' will not happen as often as I see people do!
It's the first time I've done such a subject, really. Did do a small tryout on a past paper last week - miserably failed (U) - despite the questions being 'common sense', answering them was just impossible - overwhelmed my mind and I gave up >(
But I'll get it right, eventually - Critical Thinking is not that hard - just use the right language (that's where I lost most of marks in the questions that I did attempt).
Main conclusion - CT is a load of bollox.
Premise 1 - Not helpful - Correct as long as you are happy to just believe anything ever tells you without question.
Premise 2 - It is not recognised - Well a contentious point as nearly every degree course in the world will reference that the importance of being able to think critically is vital to all their courses.
Premise 3 - No scientific approach - I am curious to see the results of these scientific tests that were conducted.
Premise 4 - Didn't help you - This I'll accept based on the amount of flaws in your argument.
My conclusion - Good luck in your dead end job/prison.
But honestly it is a shame you didn't get more from it, i appreciate that CT can be hard for some students and that is scary so it is easier just to blow it off as being rubbish, but it really does have value if you take the time to challenge yourself and engage.