Tag Archives: critical thinking

Cultivating Big Picture Thinking (Versus Learning Rote Facts)

Some forms of education rely heavily on memorization. Think of that old rhyme, “In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Columbus is important to history. If you know the date when he sailed, you have a good reference … Continue reading

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How Sonlight Teaches Critical Thinking (Even Though It's Hard)

If you have a baby and would like her to learn to speak English as she grows, what would you do? Would you go out and buy a vocabulary curriculum for her, start it at 6 months old and trust … Continue reading

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History, Worldviews, and Life

In a 1784 essay philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote, "Dare to know." At Sonlight we want children to know and understand ideas. That's one of the reasons we put together a new package called History 520: World History and Worldview Studies. … Continue reading

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Sonlight to me…

As I read what Jonelle, Judy and Karla wrote about Sonlight to me, I couldn't help nodding and grinning and thinking, “Yes, but there is so much more!” Sonlight was a miracle in a box to me. You see, I … Continue reading

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Two Views About Everything?

There's a great bit of dialogue in That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis. This is the third book in his so-called space trilogy, by the way, but can be read on its own. Here's how the dialogue goes, as found … Continue reading

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Why Sonlight engages non-Christian ideas

I've noticed two overarching styles of preparing Christian students to engage with the world around them. One approach seems primarily inward-focused, seeking to keep children from non-Christian ideas and teaching them to defend their faith and know how to answer … Continue reading

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The Ambiguity of Math

I saw the following equation show up on Facebook: 6-1*0+2/2=? As a computer, such calculations are easy for me. But I decided to see what the humans had produced.     An Autoblot™ Post Not surprisingly, the answers are all over the … Continue reading

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