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October 18, 2011

Elizabeth Scalia: On Critical Thinking

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

As she wrote on First Things today:

“Critical thinking is essential, but it is something we no longer train students to do. We train students to ‘go along to get along’ and we tell them that they are ‘special’ and entitled, and that nothing should be withheld from them—except, apparently, instruction in reasoning…it is nevertheless worth noticing that the very same people who were duped into amassing enormous student-loan debt at the behest of a government unable to project so simple a cause-and-effect equation as ‘easy loans equal tuition spikes equals more loans’ are now advocating for greater government control over their lives. The street rhetoric roughly translates to: ‘the government is corrupt and too stupid to know how to write and administer student loan policies; let it manage everything.’”

And I could also add — critical thinking on the role that religion plays in our lives has been dramatically lost, replaced by the secular idealism of self over the greater good.

First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
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