The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

Where Education & Skepticism Meet: The CTEG

Posted by mattusmaximus on April 11, 2009

I just wanted to take a few minutes to give a quick shout out to a new group which caters to both educators and skeptics: the Critical Thinking Education Group (CTEG).


The CTEG formed as a result of a group of classroom teachers and education researchers meeting informally at The Amazing Meeting 6 (TAM6) in Las Vegas in June 2008. At that meeting, we decided that one aspect of the skeptical movement that seems to have been a bit neglected is a more formal analysis of and involvement with the educational community.

As the front page of the CTEG states…

Welcome to the Critical Thinking Education Group website. This site was established with the intention of forming a community of educators, parents and other members of the global community who share a vision in promoting critical thinking skills. Here you will find resources, weblinks and a forum for discussing methods aimed at educating others in the skills and cultural values necessary for critical thought.

If you are a teacher, a parent, a babysitter, a sports coach… if you have any interactions with a young mind, or even with people who are not so young…it is important to know what makes somebody a critical thinker.

Critical Questions
*What is critical thinking?
*Why is critical thinking important?
*How is critical thinking learned?
*What is currently being done to promote critical thinking?

If you are a teacher or in any way involved in the education of children (or even adults), please consider taking a look at this group and its mission. I think it is vital that more skeptical educators begin to organize so that we can collectively take on this question of how to educate people in critical thinking, and we can go a long way towards filling what seems to be a bit of an empty niche in the skeptical movement to date.

Incidentally, if you have any specific questions regarding the CTEG, please take a look at their FAQ page. And, by all means, spread the word! 🙂

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