We live in the most rapidly changing time in all of human history, and the need to teach kids how to think critically and independently has never been greater, but the big question is how do we change our education system?
Well, what if we applied the same creativity and engagement that we employ for the entertainment and advertising industries, but to education instead? It seems a reasonable hypothesis that if we gave teachers and students free access to highly engaging independent thinking resources (bypassing the bureaucracy) that it might make a very real difference. The thing about hypotheses, though, is that they need to be tested:
We created a microsite that took the heady critical thinking subject of ‘logical fallacies’ (which are flaws in reasoning often used by politicians and the media to fool people) and condensed each fallacy into a single, simple sentence that anyone could understand.
yourlogicalfallacyis.com has now received over 7.9 million unique visitors and is being used in thousands of schools all around the world including Harvard.
It has hit the front page of reddit.com several times, been tweeted by prominent public intellectuals such as Stephen Fry, and the free poster has been downloaded millions of times and hangs in kids’ bedrooms all over the world in over a dozen languages. All with zero marketing budget, and only organic viral spread.
A Curious Question
An app developed to inspire creative thinking with questions that start genuinely interesting conversations - just add humans. Available now on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
A yet-to-be-funded app that will build on the success of yourlogicalfallacyis.com to provide students and the public with a fun, social and interactive way to explore logical fallacies.
Our founder gave a TEDx talk on how we need to teach children how to think rather than what to think, and how both creative and critical thinking are vitally important.
A yet-to-be-funded website that features 180 of the most interesting and influential ideas in history. Sparking an interest in philosophy can have a profound effect on one’s life.
We need to teach children how to think rather than what to think
The School of Thought is a registered 501c3 non profit organization, and is currently seeking funding for the development of additional creative commons educational assets, as well as a comprehensive modular, gamified online curriculum. Philanthropic and corporate sponsors are encouraged to reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org while individuals are sincerely thanked for their tax-deductible (USA) donations via PayPal.
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