Alice C. Linsley
Philosophers think critically about questions that matter. In doing so, they serve an important role in society. They challenge us to reason well and to consider what questions ultimately matter. Unfortunately, the work of philosophers rarely filters down from the ivory towers of Academia to the schools where students most need to learn to think critically, to argue logically, and to openly discuss what matters.
Critical thinking skills are so lacking in the USA that many colleges and universities have found it necessary to require instruction in Critical Thinking. I taught such a course for several years at a local women's college and apart from the tendency of the course designers to indoctrinate in political correctness, it was a helpful course. That said, I believe that a course in basic logic and reading comprehension would have been more beneficial to the students.
Here is a conversation that I had recently with two young women at Open Anthropology Cooperative. They were responding to my essay Today's Savage Mind, which the blog owner had chosen to highlight. They never address the substance of the essay, but instead argue fallaciously. This serves to illustrate the lack of skill in logical argumentation. Ironically, these young woman also illustrate "today's savage mind."
Comment by Alice C. Linsley
A direct quote is not a misrepresentation.
I believe that M Izabel responded to my last comment, but I don't know what was said. My friend Bob commented:
Related reading: Introduction to Logic: Fallacies; Pioneers in the Field of Logic; Today's Savage Mind; The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy L. Sayers