Thinking skill – what is more important, content or thinking skill?

Thinking skill – what is more important, content or thinking skill?

Have you seriously thought about this question? If not, you need to. At ‘A’ levels, we need to not just learn about the content. Notice i did not say, don’t learn the content.

Students at Advanced level need to be able to think and apply their knowledge. A lot of people assumed that they know how to think or are living their lives thoughtfully. The truth is, many are not. 

Henry Ford said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

I’ve had an incident recently in the wee hours of the morning when my toddler woke up crying for milk. I went to make it while my wife attended to him. But lo, i realised my wife had set the air pot to boil and i was not able to dispense the hot water to make the milk. I stood there tapping my fingers and murmuring how slow the water took to boil. 

My wife walked in just at that moment when i was murmuring and overheard me. Exasperated, she took the electric kettle besides the air pot, filled it with a little water and switch it on. The water boiled in about 1 minute.

Air pot and kettle I was embarrassed. I was caught not thinking. Not looking for the solution when it was right in front of my eyes. My mind wanted to excuse myself because it was wee hours in the morning but i knew it wasn’t the case. 

It was a habit of allowing my mind to become lazy, to gripe and grumble whenever i encountered difficulties. Difficulties are just events to help us think and grow. 

A Smooth Sea never made a skilled sailor ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

It was a wake-up call for me. Time to set some goals and start thinking!

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