Critical Thinking Skills Are REQUIRED (Photo credit: Woody Collins)
I subtitle my blog ‘Bits and Bobs’ because I am no storyteller. I have never excelled at creative writing although, when I was eight years old I won an award for a good story. No, I lie, I won a prize for a picture I drew.
My mother thought I had a “big imagination.” Some folks would describe this as being a little liar, but she recognized inventiveness when she saw it, and knew how to handle it.
As I was a noticing kind of person, I Inhabited the world of technical writing as an adult, especially statistically based writing. There is no room for creativity when you are doing social science, or so the experts tell me.
However, as one wag put it, Figures don’t lie, but liars figure. Or another thought, “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Having spent my life trying to tease the truth from huge morasses of information, I find offense with those who view statistical efforts as “incomprehensible” or ‘too much information.” For me, this says more about the writer or speaker than anything else. (And how did you fare in math class?)
I had an artist friend, K, who could not understand anything mathematical. On a pleasure trip to NYC where she whipped through the MOMA and I took hours to view paintings, she called me a “bean-counter.”
K and I are no longer friends, even though I own many of her less-than-perfect works of art. My bean counting gave me an income which I have never regretted as it allowed me to flee a bad marriage and buy art. K’s art paid so little it forced her to return to her alcoholic husband, with whom she lives until this day. So much for bean counting.
The Washington Post reports the GED has had a makeover. The new test drops “out-of-date” items such as the classics and adds “basic” computer skills and “critical thinking.” If you can text on your cell phone, you can earn a GED.
My daughter says the children she works with, many of whom will not earn a regular high school diploma, lack critical thinking skills. Sadly, many adults also lack critical thinking skills, which require the ability to look at a problem from all sides, no matter how stupid you think those with whom you disagree.
Lately, The Washington Post proved to me that it is making a concerted effort to employ writers with critical thinking and writing skills. Hence an article today on the shortcomings of our candidates (Democrat and Republican) for the office of governor (sadly, McConnell (R-VA) can not run again). This year, the Democrat candidate lacks executive experience (I will not vote for a novice), and the Republican is the darling of the Tea Party (I don’t like extreme positions). Charybdis and Scylla reign, or to use the GED vernacular, we are between a rock and a hard place.
Yesterday, David and I had lunch with a fellow blogger, “Big Al” and his wife Patty. We discovered many things in common, including time spent in North Carolina, and children who graduated from UNC. A small world indeed.
Al asked if I had met any fellow bloggers, and I mentioned Mage in San Diego and GigiHawaii. I am looking forward to meeting the latter, destined to arrive here in the DC area with her husband, in August. As an extremely introverted person, I don’t go out of my way to meet others, but so far so good.
PS the photo in my header is a close-up of the Iris Pele, named for the Hawaiian volcano goddess. I love the colors and if the Windows uploader was working today, I would include the whole photo. I did it!!!–>