Critical Thinking

My colleague Elizabeth Mix gave me the idea for this song, suggesting that a song on one of our core curriculum student learning outcomes, “Critical Thinking,” would work to the tune of “Eleanor Rigby.” Let me know what you think. The lyrics are in the video above (click on the image if it does not show up as an embedded video) as well as below:

Critical Thinking

Ah, look at all the bold assertions
Ah, look at all the bold assertions

Critical thinking
Demanding evidence
Before something is believed
Do not be deceived

Investigation
Weighing the logic and arguments
For every claim
They’re not all the same

CHORUS
All the bold assertions
Where do they all come from?
They’re in contradiction
How will you choose just one?
Citing your sources
Means that you know you must show
How you know what you know
Don’t just say so

Doing your research
Seeking a second opinion or even a third
There’s more to be heard

CHORUS
All the bold assertions
Where do they all come from?
They’re in contradiction
How will you choose just one?
Checking credentials
Finding an expert
And not just some ideologue
Who happens to blog

Is there consensus?
Don’t believe someone just ‘cos
They have a PhD
It’s a fallacy

CHORUS
All the bold assertions
Where do they all come from?
They’re in contradiction
How will you choose just one?

  • http://tunabay.com/ Keika

    Rewrite it to the song, “Paperback Writer” and critical thinking won’t put us thinking impaired people to sleep. :-)

  • Pseudonym

    It’s a good idea, but i can’t help thinking that the principle of charity should get a prominent mention.


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