quote-the-function-of-education-is-to-teach-one-to-think-intensively-and-to-think-critically-martin-luther-king-jr-102515This has always been one of my favorite quotes. We all know what character is, but what is critical thinking? If you are an educator or a parent you have most likely heard this buzz term floated around the school. We seldom stop and discuss what this really means.

I heard an interesting statement recently. The gentleman said, “The one thing I did learn in school is how to think.” That statement made me think. Are we teaching kids to “think”? Can they take what they know and pair that with new information to solve a problem or determine an answer? Can they make connections between people, events, or ideas?

You might be surprised at how many of today’s students lack critical thinking skills. This is a major goal of Alabama’s new CCR Standards.

What critical thinking is:
The purpose of critical thinking is ‘to achieve understanding, evaluate view points, and solve problems’. Since ‘all three areas involve the asking of questions, we can say that critical thinking is the questioning or inquiry we engage in when we seek to understand, evaluate, or resolve’ (Maiorana, 1992).

In other words: Use what you know to figure out what you don’t know. . .think. Well, it is not quite that simple. That does give you a “general” 5th grade idea of critical thinking.

More information:


Tuesday – Learning Log Page

Wednesday – Read for AR Points

Thursday – Writing Plan and Sloppy Copy

Friday – Read for AR Points


Maiorana, V. (1992). Critical thinking across the curriculum: building the analytical classroom. Blommington, Ind: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills: EDINFO Press.