Petition to Sir David Melville, Pearson, Edexcel, John fallon, The Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP
Reform the Critical Thinking A Level curriculum to continue the subject's teaching.
In a time of 'alternative facts', #FakeNews, and a so-called 'post-truth' era, the validity and reputation of news sources is crucial for constructive debate. Critical Thinking is a worthwhile A Level encouraging students to evaluate evidence we've been presented with, and encourages productive and critical discussion. Through Critical Thinking, one develops the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information, which is a very valuable skill to hold. Critical thinkers rigorously question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value, and can see varying perspectives on some of the most controversial and relevant topics of the day. From TED talks to debate motions, Critical Thinking gives an open and evolving curriculum that gives an insight into the world around us and the news, as it happens. OCR have classed Critical Thinking as unreformable, much to the dissatisfaction of students up and down the country (http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-critical-thinking-h052-h452/). We're calling on Pearson (Edexcel) to continue the subject, and work with subject leaders and lecturers who value the teaching of the subject as much as we, the students, value learning it. Our Further Education provision is greatly enhanced because of Critical Thinking. We believe the next students deserve the opportunity, too.