To think critically, help your child:
• Know the material. Before your child can evaluate something, he must know the facts. So have him read the book or watch the show before making decisions about it.
• Figure out the message. Ask him questions: What is the author or creator of this work trying to tell you? What does he want you to believe? What would he like you to do?
• Figure out what he thinks. Ask him: Is this work any good? Does it make sense to you? Has the creator done a decent job of changing your mind, teaching you something, or at least entertaining you?
• Find the mistakes and the “sales pitch.” Almost any work will have some parts that seem less than perfect. Ask your child to point out errors or places where he thinks the truth has been stretched. Remember, you may not always agree with your child, and that’s okay. The goal is to have your child think things through for himself and have reasons when he forms an opinion.
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