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Teach Your Child How to Think Paperback – July 1, 1994
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Some parents may be confused by this busy primer, while others will agree with the author's premise that creative thinking skills can be directly taught. De Bono, a business and educational consultant, asserts that this manual is equally applicable to teaching children or senior executives. Crammed with exercises, games and diagrams, the book stresses that thinking involves "operacy"--the skills of doing or making things happen--as well as devising mental patterns more effective than the mind's routine habits. De Bono ( I Am Right You Are Wrong ) takes a no-nonsense approach, pointing out that much thinking is inefficient and that many highly intelligent people are not good thinkers. He urges the use of speculation, hypotheses, provocation and other techniques as a way to get out of mental ruts and generate ideas.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Perhaps the author did not want to insult adults by presuming he can teach them how to think. But that is exactly what he does.
Clever to make the title thusly.
What put me off a little bit at first was the author seems boastful in the first part of the book.
However, once you delve into the different "hats" that we can wear to "exercise" different types of thinking, you will have a lot of fun with this book.
What is especially useful is that the types of thinking are segmented out, with lots of examples and also suggested games and ways to practice that type of thinking.
We don't teach this stuff in schools. Not even close. This book is unique, and brilliant, and useful. I highly recommend that you buy it -- even if you don't have kids! Use it to learn how to think more productively, including problem solving and lateral thinking.
Since my kids were born I was playing with them and trying to teach them some skills in thinking and analyzing etc. but nothing compares to the exercises and thinking mentioned in the book ... For the first time in my life I can say I am beginning to know my children. The exercises are initiating extremely interesting discussions that are shocking me by the level of ideas and maturity a child can have ... In addition to that, these discussions are creating a stronger bond between my children and me due to the deep subjects discussed which are leading us to be open to each other ...
Thank you de Bono ...
learning the tools of thinking is the first step to actually thinking. i strongly recommend this book.
Most young kids are creative but disorganized thinkers. This book is parents' book to guide the child to think creatively and at the same time be well organized, also as a member of a group of people. The book is good summary of several de Bono's thinking methods and guide how to transfer these skills to other people. De Bono is outside of the envelope, his methods are widely used and work well, but do not form any established academic model. Some people consider de Bono non-scientific, because he mostly refers his own work and not that much other learned papers. In spite of not being a psychologist, I see many connections between his work and cognitive psychology and social dynamics. My opinion is, that this book suits as a summary of de Bono's methods, practical guide for parents informally teaching a small group of children, and maybe as a teachers' book for collaborative work from five year olds up to university level, with additional material to suit the students. Please remember, there is no fast track to creative thinking, it takes time.
(The reviewer holds B.Sc in science and M.Sc in software engineering)
Maybe not as deep as one might expect, but it will translate your effort in knowledge.
This edition is "economic", but since what matters is practice, it's good enough.
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