To the Editor:
I enjoyed the letter to editor by Mr, Newton (July 22). Critical thinking is thought by the liberal elite to be the end game for all humanity. If all people would just listen to them, we would all live in a paradise here on good old earth.
However, critical thinking as the educated elite describe it cannot be taught to everyone. Especially in our colleges and universities. A good example is my youngest son’s eighth-grade math teacher. She sent me a note asking me to “do something.” She could not understand why he could not do problems in division and she knew he was smart enough to do them.
It took me about 10 seconds to find the problem. He had never learned the multiplication tables. If you cannot multiply, you have problems trying to do division. He had gone through 7-plus years of school where it was taught memorizing was harmful for children’s little minds.
So much for critical thinking being taught in our colleges and universities. I bought a set of flash cards. He learned his multiplication tables in two or three hours. End of problem.