President Carmona right to push critical thinking
I wish to commend President Carmona for being outspoken on many national issues and shortcomings of the population.
We welcome change from the past because we are a nation in desperate need of guidance. On the occasion of his installation as Chancellor of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, his Excellency made the point that critical thinking should play an important part in the national curricula, suggesting that critical thinking be made an A-Level subject.
Critical thinkers check for hidden agendas and assumptions that underlie decisions. They examine the premises on which authoritative decisions, justifications and explanations are based. The few critical thinkers in T&T risk being marginalised, ignored, or even victimised by those in authority
How many of us questioned the decisions to disband the railways, to reject a Federation of nine Caribbean countries, or to promote all Common Entrance/SEA candidates to the secondary level regardless of their lack of foundation skills? How many of us questioned the relevance of exchanging the sea serpent wind vane on the Red House with that of a defecating dove, or the decision to bring down Kumar Sanu for an election campaign, or to reject an existing design for the highway interchange following a regime change, because it incorporated an arch that could be construed as a “rising sun”?
I agree that critical thinking should receive attention in the education system; however, I do not agree that the solution should be the introduction of critical thinking as an A-Level subject. I firmly believe that the criteria of creative and critical thinking should pervade all subjects of the formal curriculum from primary level to university, so that activities and assignments will have to meet creative and critical thinking requirements.