2020 Term 2 Week 6

2020 Term 2 Week 6

Senior School News

It could be said that the current challenges being faced by the world call for clear heads and sound thinking. We need our young people to be able to participate in problem solving and rational debate about solutions to world issues that may affect their future. During the last few weeks some groups of Years 8, 9 and 10 students participated in Critical Thinking Days that were held at Saint Ignatius' College. The students who participated were primarily those who are currently part of the Challenge Programme (Gifted and Talented) or in The Year 10s case, they had been invited to Enrichment Days when they were in Middle School. Critical Thinking can be defined as skills that we use to solve problems, discover truths and clearly communicate ideas. The Critical Thinking Day aimed to practise some of these skills. The students explored the composition, validity and truth of deductive and inductive arguments as well as fallacies. Some good examples were provided from Donald Trump’s speeches! Students were asked to sort the fallacies then role play examples of them for the group to identify. Skills of dialogue were also identified and practised through the use of Socratic Circles, in response to stimuli on ethical issues such as political violence and the nature of lying. The students participated enthusiastically and working with them was a pleasure. I look forward to offering more opportunities for Critical Thinking in the future.

Ms Kathy Wills
Challenge Programme (Gifted and Talented) Coordinator