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Challenge – How Did We Get Here?

Today’s challenge is meant to give you practice in using history to learn critical thinking skills and examine context around situations and events. Pick a current event, situation or issue and ask, “How did we get here? How did this event, situation or issue arise?” Dig around and do some research to see if you can find one instigating event or a series of events that led to what is happening today. Use “The Ultimate…

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History’s Hierarchy of Purpose – Critical Thinking & Context

The Google definition of critical thinking is “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.” (If you enter “define critical thinking” into Google Chrome, this is the definition that pops up on top of the page.) We seem to have a shortage of critical thinking in society today. There are plenty of judgments flying around, but they are based more on emotion, propaganda and tribalisim than objective analysis and…

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