Teach Reasoning Skills as basic education

From my very basic study of democracy I have learned that it's greatest weakness is it's vulnerability to demagoguery, the practices / rhetoric of a person(s) who obtain power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. Basically, a person who uses irrational and erroneous arguments to sway the People. As a protection against such a circumstance, the People should be taught to recognize and shun such speakers.

I propose we of the GD insist that our children be taught these logical / rhetorical skills as early as possible, using a model such as the one presented @ www.triviumeducation.com/ . In my opinion, teaching our children HOW to think is far more important than teaching them WHAT to think. : ) > - Peace

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  • our children should be taught how to think

  • Sensible proposal. The de-privatisation of knowledge in general will be a great asset to the progression of our species. This is a good start

  • Also rationality, bias, heuristics...

  • The demagoguery you speak of is easy enough to identify. One must simply listen with their heart. Children should be taught to listen from their heart and to sense the vibrational imprint of various forms of communication. This is how we sense from a soul level, and avoid the traps of short-sighted, incomplete and irrational logical appeals.

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