If You Teach Critical Thinking, Will Your Kids Become Secular?
Critical thinking, as it relates to children, is getting a lot of press these days. California's new Common Core academic standards have been attacked by the Christian Right, in part because the Common Core's focus on critical thinking is seen as undercutting certain religious beliefs. But is critical thinking really a threat to religion? Will critical thinkers inevitably become secular?
In her new book, Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious, award-winning journalist Wendy Thomas Russell argues that critical thinking is a tool best yielded by confident parents looking to raise open-minded, religiously tolerant and genuinely freethinking kids. Russell will talk about the misconceptions of critical thinking: why some religious people see it as a threat to their faith and why some secularists sell the concept short by thinking of it as synonymous with skepticism. She will also discuss specific ways parents can teach their kids to think critically.
Russell hosts the secular parenting blog Natural Wonderers on the Patheos faith network and writes an online column for the PBS NewsHour. Her book will be available for sale and signing.
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