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Julie Bogart

A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age

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    Questioning yourself

    Do you wish your children were more thoughtful in their judgments? 

    Of course! What parent wouldn’t?

    But children’s good judgment should go deeper than how they choose to spend their Saturday nights. Today’s complex world is filled with misleading claims, half-truths, biased opinions, and outright lies. Even for adults, it has become hard to discern fact from fiction. 

    That’s why cultivating critical thinking skills in our kids is more important than ever. We need to teach them good judgment to help them decide where to get their information, whom to listen to, and what to believe. 

    But where to start?

    Well, first, rethink the notion that schools automatically build good thinkers. Both public and private schools can be too focused on doing things by the book. They often reward conformity over curiosity and value the memorization of facts over genuine insight. 

    As famous feminist writer and educator bell hooks put it, “Sadly, children’s passion for thinking often ends when they encounter a world that seeks to educate them for conformity and obedience only.”

    Real education should equip young people to evaluate claims carefully. This begins with questioning our own beliefs. So, before even thinking about your kid, take an “academic selfie” of your own.

    What are the experiences, assumptions, and loyalties that color your beliefs? How do they influence how you react to new information or ideas? 

    For instance, reading an argument against one’s treasured beliefs might trigger physical anxiety or mental avoidance. But critical thinkers are able to press past their initial fight-or-flight responses to weigh the new argument carefully. 

    Before we can cultivate that skill in our kids, we need to cultivate it in ourselves. In the end, becoming self-aware is a key prerequisite to evaluating others.

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    What is Raising Critical Thinkers about?

    Raising Critical Thinkers (2022) is a guide for parents who want their children to make up their own minds amid today’s flood of information. Personal stories and science-backed exercises offer practical wisdom with which families can nurture thoughtful minds and empathetic hearts.

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    Raising Critical Thinkers (2021) is a valuable resource for parents looking to foster independent thinking in their children. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Featuring practical exercises and strategies, it equips parents with the tools to nurture critical thinking skills in their children.
    • With its real-life examples and insightful anecdotes, the book offers practical guidance for cultivating curiosity and analytical thinking.
    • Rooted in research and expert advice, the book presents a well-rounded approach to developing critical thinking abilities, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

    Who should read Raising Critical Thinkers?

    • Parents seeking to nurture curious, discerning children who process information thoughtfully
    • Homeschooling parents looking for exercises to foster critical thinking
    • Teachers hoping to encourage perspective and insight in students

    About the Author

    Julie Bogart is an author, writing coach, and homeschooling expert. Her book The Brave Learner has delighted home educators around the world. Bogart has also created the award-winning online writing program Brave Writerserving over 191 countries. An experienced teacher and mother of five globe-trotting adult children, Bogart continues to share her insightful parenting and education advice through her coaching community, podcast, and writing.

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