So last week was the beginning of a new semester of college. I am lucky enough to have been assigned to a great instructor in my department for my Teaching Assistantship. She and I have collaborated on creating a project for the students in an Introduction to Anthropology course (a freshman-level course) that involves keeping a journal over the course of the semester. The goal of the journal project is to get the students thinking more deeply and critically about the topics and themes of the course.
One thing that this instructor and I both agree on is that if there is only one thing our students walk away from this semester with it is critical thinking skills. Even if they don’t remember a single thing about anthropology after the course is over (something that would make me very sad, I have to admit!), we hope they leave with the skills to think critically. If there is something that younger generations seem to me to lack (from the perspective of an educator and someone who regularly engages with young college students), it is good critical thinking skills (and good writing skills–but that’s a separate issue).
What traits do you think are most important to instill in younger generations? Why?
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