Today we’re talking about a topic that fascinates me personally: how to learn critical thinking in an age that accepts the latest meme or “fake news” without question.
I started out as a journalism major, and at the time I believed I could help the world by getting “the right answers” and putting them out there. Now I understand it’s not that black and white. We all know news sources often bring their own political agenda to the table.
It takes clear thinking and a degree of skepticism to discern fact from fiction … not to mention everything in between. So how can we cultivate these abilities? Do our schools teach them? How do I as an adult learn them in a rapidly changing world?
Tom Woods on Critical Thinking for the 21st Century
Economist and historian (and homeschooling parent) Tom Woods explains why critical thinking is increasingly important in a social media and buzz feed world. With 4 Ivy League degrees (yes, 4)—one of them a PhD in History from Columbia University—Tom Woods has the credentials society at large esteems.
But he didn’t stop there.
Tom Woods has made his life’s work to teach as many people as possible to be out-of-the-box entrepreneurs and problem solvers by teaching critical thinking. History and economics matters to everyone, he argues, because they are the keys to how the world works, and why.
The result of his efforts? Tom Woods is followed by a huge virtual community interested in applying critical thinking and creative solutions to political problems.
I love what he has to say, and I hope you do too!
In This Episode, You’ll Learn
- why understanding economics shouldn’t be for an elite few
- how to learn to think critically in a “fake news” world
- a simple explanation of the power of the free market
- convincing reasons why knowing history matters in today’s society
- the problems Tom Woods thinks government faces over the next few decades
- why Social Security isn’t the only government program with major problems
- one pitfall of democratic societies (can you guess?)
- ways to educate yourself on the history, art, culture, and economics you may have missed in school
- resources for sharing your worldview with your kids
- why government solutions actually can rob us of an opportunity for creativity
- Tom’s perspective on mainstream news outlets (and how to choose news sources wisely)
- what’s needed to prepare kids for the politics of college environments
- whether the higher education system still has value
- why knowing how to create a profitable YouTube channel might be just as important as a college education
- what Austrian economics is, and what it has to do with America
- common misconceptions about states’ rights … and what American history really has to say
Even if you disagree politically, here’s one of Tom Woods’ messages we can all get behind: We can each accomplish great things without being forced to do so.
Resources We Mention
The Tom Woods Show
The Tom Woods Show, Episode 44: Free State Project
5 Paths to Online Income (Free e-book)
Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion (2014)
Nullification: How to Resist Government Tyranny in the 21st Century (2010)
Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse (2011)
Praxis – An alternative way to start a career (without college)
Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom – Online adult curriculum to teach the history, economics, and logic skills you might not have learned
Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum – K-12 curriculum on finances, history, economics, and entrepreneurship in the digital age.
Mises Institute – the hub of the Austrian economics school of thought
Your turn! What do you think about what Tom Woods has to say? What do you think makes someone a good critical thinker?
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