Does this look like a familiar picture to you?
Granted, those educators guilty of this error tend to be honest enough to not claim they are teaching critical thinking, but the image’s message remains. Evidently the artist is criticizing the educational status quo for its emphasis on teaching students to search for the “right answer,” from sources they are expected to trust unquestionably. This is in contrast to teaching how to distinguish right answers from wrong ones using widely applicable mental skills, as is surely necessary in the sea of ambiguous information we find on the Internet (and more traditional sources as well).
I may do a more extensive post on the state of standard education in the U.S., but for now I’d like to hear your thoughts on this cartoon’s premise. Is this a fair critique, or is there an effectiveness to the current educational system the artist is missing here? Even if you agree with it, do you think any clear, feasible alternatives present themselves? I’m curious, because the many debates that rage on over educational structures fascinate me in their massive relevance to this blog’s focus. Few social institutions could have greater influence over society’s well-being than the means by which new generations learn (or learn how to learn) information.