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Motherhood Unstressed

Jan 17, 2022

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At a time when online media has created a virtual firehose of information and opinions, parents and teachers worry how students will interpret what they read and see. Amid the noise, it has become increasingly important to examine different perspectives with both curiosity and discernment. But how do parents teach these critical thinking skills to their children? My guest Julie Bogart is the creator and owner of Brave Writer, the hugely popular online writing and language arts program and podcast, and the fast-growing weekly habit called Poetry Teatime.

In this episode Julie and I discuss practical ways for teaching your children to boldly examine how they think and to become thoughtful consumers of information. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How being well-read gives a false impression of being well-educated. In fact, reading can be dangerous to quality critical thinking.
  • The importance of curiosity in nurturing a critical mindset.
  • Video games are high quality tools of skillful thinking, particularly when played 7-10 hours per week. Studies show that non-gamers are more at risk of negative outcomes than gamers. Gaming doesn’t have to be so negative!
  • Multiple choice testing has caused a negative ripple effect, removing childlike wonder by 6th grade and creating a culture of single identity answers and zero-sum online discourse stakes.
  • And much more!

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