Get over to the Swift site and read one of the most thought-provoking posts you’ll read this holiday season (and debate your point of view in the comments!) An Argument for Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and (gasp!) Even Jesus by Barbara Drescher.
…Asking a child to learn critical thinking when you only provide accurate information is like asking them to learn to sort socks when all of the socks are the same. How can you tell the good information from the bad if all you’re ever exposed to is accurate?
Children learn to evaluate information by evaluating information of all kinds. They learn the most from evaluating information that turns out not to be true (refer to my recent posts on criticism and critical thinking for an overview). Games and exercises in books help, but they pale in comparison to real-life problems.