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This paper gives a summary and analysis of D.Q. McIntery's noted book entitled "Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking" which underscores the importance of critical thinking skills. The paper highlights several of the main points of this work, primarily the lack of analytical skills being taught to students today. Additionally, the paper supports these statements with statistics from the book. The paper also describes how classics are no longer a major part of today's curriculum and its consequences. In particular, the reviewer cites McIntery's view that studying the classics strengthens vocabulary development and ultimately critical thinking. The review concludes that by adopting some of the principles of logic, one will have a more robust understanding of the world, how it works, and whether or not we are receiving a reasonable semblance of truth from our disparate sources.
From the Paper:"From decades of teaching, though, McInerny has correctly deduced that while logic is a vast, deep, varied field that has an impact on every aspect of human life, it requires a set of intellectual disciplines, expression, and knowledge of basic terms and ideas that are somewhat lacking in current society. For example, 100 years ago, the Classics were part of the everyday curriculum of most schools that we would term "secondary schools." Latin and Greek were staples of the educated person, as were the readings (in the original languages) of most of the standard works of European society. Was this necessary to prepare students for the world of the 19th and early 20th centuries? Was it necessary to know Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," to perform a job? Decidedly no - but was that really the point of a Classical education. Instead, the mental discipline of learning Latin (and/or Greek) combined with the translation and critical thinking arising from debating the ancient texts provided a framework of analysis, vocabulary development, and indeed the rubric of high standards in sourcing and understanding primary texts without the benefit of "talking heads" explaining life, the universe, and everything (apologies to Douglas Adams) to us 24/7."
Sample of Sources Used:
- McInery, D.Q. (2005). Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking. Random House.
- "Most Young People Entering the U.S. Workforce Lack Critical Skills Essential For Success.(October 2, 2006). Corporate Voices. Cited in: http://www.cvworkingfamilies.org/node/153
- "Why Does the World Get American Movies But America Doesn't Watch Their Movies?(2009).USA Information - Promotion and News Center. Cited in:http://us.promo.web.id/why-does-the-world-get-american-movies-but-america-doesnt-watch-other-countries-movie.htm
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Logical Thinking in the Age of Internet Information (2012, April 25) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/logical-thinking-in-the-age-of-internet-information-150813/
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