Back in February, Camp Quest held a discussion with some of our leaders about our curriculum projects. And, as with any good Humanist group, we got into a few debates about the nature of community, identity, intellectualism, when to use of jargon, and on and on. One such debate centered on the new HELP curriculum - which stands for Humanism, Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy.
In the closing minutes someone introduced a new question: what do we want our campers to walk away from camp with - in respect to HELP that is?
The answer was pretty unanimous: critical thinking! Teach reasoning, debate skills, basic logic, and the nature of human biases! At Camp Quest we definitely want to make sure our kids are curious, questioning, and skeptical.
More than Critical Thinking
Now, critical thinking skills are a panacea for many of the world’s worries and woes. But is that all we want? Is critical thinking ‘enough’?
A bit into our discussion, while listing out some of the character traits and ideals surrounding critical thinking, someone introduced a novel question: was critical thinking sufficient? Was it enough? We quickly agreed that we wanted each campers to walk away from their Camp Quest experience with much more than just thinking skills. For instance, take honesty. After all, a liar can still be perfectly rational and understand human biases. Actually, it’d probably make them a better liar. But we don’t want “better liars.” We want rational people who are also honest!
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