For seven years, I was privileged to be an associate professor at two Christian universities. What you are about to review is an example of a lesson I would present to my students. Privileged to instruct and influence minds, I was even fortunate to have two Deans who specifically asked me to introduce the discipline of “critical thinking” to the students. The Deans well understood the educational system was failing miserably preparing young adults to think critically about their world; no longer engaging them to look for answers outside the normal, predictable methods becoming so common place in academia. My charge was: “Get the students to think…get the students off of their lazy perches and begin to challenge their thoughts, opinion, and preconceived ideas. Do not have them just study to pass an exam, but challenge them to learn on the way.” What you are about to read is the type of exercise I would give them to complete in class in a timed session.
Most of my students were adults obtaining their Bachelor’s Degree, and many of these students were police officers. Seasoned police officers have seen much, and have developed strong walls from which to protect themselves from the emotional turmoil so associated with their work. It is a challenge to get behind the emotional wall of a seasoned cop. It is even more challenging to get them to think they may not already be critical thinkers given the investigative skills they have learned. So now I present to you the assignment below for your review and consideration. Go ahead…be serious about your answer.
Please enjoy the photographs, and think about the message … and the ability to see all the beautiful creations God has given us…..
So…how did you do? How did you answer the question? I pray this will cause you to pause and think about what you just learned. Class dismissed!
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