Help your child to ask questions

Our world is facing a lot of challenges, with even more coming. We need citizens and leaders who question things that are presented as “fact,” who ask critical and thoughtful questions of their leaders, and who think carefully about how they make decisions that impact their own and other’s lives. In short, this world is in desperate need of strong critical thinkers.

As a doctoral student, I spent four years studying college student and adult development, with a focus on whether innovative teaching and learning strategies were helping to foster critical thinking skills. I came to passionately believe that critical thinking skills are some of the most important skills we can emphasize in higher education. But as a parent, I became passionate about starting well before college. 

Learning to think critically and to make decisions based on those thinking skills is a lifelong pursuit; even traditional-age 18- 24-year-old college students do not always possess the complex analytical skills that allow them to balance their own needs with the needs of others or to analyze the extent to which an “expert’s” perspectives are well-informed. We can’t expect our young kids to achieve these skills right away either, but we can plant the seeds that will help them to be prepared for complex thinking as they grow older.

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Peter Hamilton
Encountering Another Being

We had the beautiful experience of being within 5 feet of three deer at the edge of the cliffs within Cape Disappointment State Park yesterday. We were able to be with these gentle, trusting beings for as long as we wished, enjoying their quiet foraging intermixed with them looking deeply at us. I‎t was a moment we will not soon forget. May we all be able to slow down and quiet ourselves in order to just be, enjoying the beauty of being alive.

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Peter Hamilton