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Teach Your Child How to Think Paperback – July 1, 1994
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First some Critical Thinking (a valid, but inferior activity, according to the author). In spite of the cerebral subject, some statements sound decidedly lowbrow. Intellectualism is put down as an overly complex and non-creative activity. For a purportedly successful methodology that has been around for 20 years (at the time of the book's publishing), the absence of scientific proof that the theory works is surprising: only one study with a concrete result is mentioned. One stumbles over some inconsistencies: on p. 11 critical thinking is said not to have high value in today's society, but on the next page it is claimed to be important. Terms such as "mathematical necessity of creativity" betray the author's careless use of language ("mathematical" is out of place here).
The title is vague. 30 pages into the book one learns that the methods presented are generally applicable to children older than 9. This information should have been present in the cover notes or in the editorial reviews. The boy on the book's cover looks like a 5-year-old. The section on which methods to teach at which age should be in the back, since the special terms and abbreviations, mentioned before they are explained, do not make sense. The cover note claim that the book helps kids "to make today's life-and-death choices" seems rather heavy-handed.
The author does not suffer from modesty: "unlike many people in this field, Dr. de Bono is an original thinker".Read more ›
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)
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.
But if you want to teach your child after reading this book, you may find that it is not so easy to apply the theory to your child.
However, I learn quite a lot of thinking method from this book.
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this book is absolutely essential - every parent should be using it (teachers too).
learning the tools of thinking is the first step to actually thinking. Read more
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Despite its title, this book will not help you very much. Read more
It is an excellent book which is introducing my kids to me for the first time ...
Since my kids were born I was playing with them and trying to teach them some skills in... Read more
I had ordered this edition(with blue dust jacket) but that did not come. It did come on time and in good condition. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by John T.Republic.
A teacher from Ausralia had highly recommended this author. I never got past the first chapter. It could have been the small print, I never got further than the first chapter.Published on December 4, 2013 by Ann Marie Grumm
Do you want your kids to be open minded? Do you want yourself to be open minded? Hit two birds with one stone. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Juan Martín Reborati