Education

Learning to Think

The more classes I take, the more I realize that a college education is about teaching one how to think. Indeed, knowledge alone cannot benefit anyone. Only by critically evaluating the data can changes be made in the world.

Antoine Saint-Exupery, the author of The Little Prince, writes about his teaching experience in a letter to his mother. He says that modern education teaches many things, from literature to music, but it doesn’t teach us how to think. Perhaps like Amy Chua’s story, those who learn by rote can develop many skills, but without the mind those skills can never be mastered.

Saint-Exupery adds that the lack of critical thinking skills has caused people to be easily swayed by propaganda and unable to appreciate good literature. And if college students aren’t developing their ability to think critically during college, how else will they learn?

God calls us to be excellent Christians, to think critically, and take every thought captive for Him. May He give us the wisdom to do so.

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