Critical Thinking as the Basis for Writing
The only way to thrive and succeed in a knowledge-based economy like the one in which we live now, is to view all content through the lens of critical thought. Not only do we have to focus on ideas, creativity and thinking, but we have to be critical about it, fostering self-awareness of our own cognition. This is the theoretical basis from which we write – and read. Sophisticated thinkers ask themselves questions as they read, whether they are aware of it or not. We ask questions to intuit point of view, setting and character. We predict and analyze, whether we think about it consciously or not. I would argue that it behooves us to be meta about our own thought process and in doing so, teach our children to be excited and interested in in it as it leads to good habits in the future. Just as we encourage kids to develop good eating and exercise habits that will benefit them in later life, so should we encourage a strong, directed, and self-aware thought process so that the of thinking is as automatic as our morning run or fruit with breakfast. In addition, by fostering questioning, we ask kids to organize their thoughts into coherent ideas, which will lead to better writing skills. In theory, by teaching reading and writing via teaching critical thinking we are preparing students for the knowledge economy in which they will exist post-academia. Taking in knowledge, processing it, and then putting it out again in the form of our own ideas is the ultimate goal.
And this, my friends, is the basis for good writing – no matter what your age.