Critical thinking is the precursor to innovation, a key to college and career readiness and has been linked to more positive life outcomes. The complex global challenges we face today have placed a peak demand for critical thinkers. But our supply is limited because critical thinking is still a luxury good: only 1 of 10 educators teach it, and it’s usually only taught at the best schools or to the best students. This means that most students are taught to ask “what” and “how to” instead of “why” and “what if,” and rarely learn the habits and mindsets needed to apply critical thinking consistently.
The Center has partnered with thinkLaw to provide a critical thinking program essential for our student youth. thinkLaw’s comprehensive program of teacher tools, student guides, and virtual coaching is based on real-life cases because the law’s Socratic questioning methods make it easy for teachers to ask the questions that build student critical thinking skills. And the law speaks to students’ sense of fairness and justice, motivating them to adopt the critical thinking mindsets and habits needed to apply these skills throughout their lives. thinkLaw is also standards-aligned, allowing teachers to incorporate it into what they are already doing in their classrooms.