The Thinking Toolbox
The Thinking Toolbox is destined to be one of those rare must-have books for all homes where thinking skills are prized. The same brothers who wrote the widely popular The Fallacy Detective have taken another intimidating topic and brought it down to earth.
The Thinking Toolbox describes the different tools you can use for various thinking tasks to solve thinking problems. Written for students who want to learn logic and critical thinking skills, The Thinking Toolbox has lessons and exercises and an answer key in the back. Some of the lessons covered are:
- When it is dumb to argue
- Using the scientific method
- Five rules of brainstorming
- Who has a reason to lie?
- How to analyze opposing viewpoints
- How to analyze evidence and sources
- How to list reasons why you believe something
The Thinking Toolbox was written with the teen in mind, but I didn't hesitate to use it with our eleven-year-old. The humorous illustrations give this book a friendly feel. The concepts are vital and could easily be within most preteens' grasp with discussion.