Practical Thinking Course Introduction Video

I am mentoring my children to improve their critical and creative thinking skills by using simple practical thinking tools and techniques, i thought i would develop these techniques as video course, so that it will be helpful for all other parents. This course would be the missing link in education system to teach your children thinking skills and make them more creative. Find below the introduction video for Practical thinking video course. If you have questions or topic suggestions, Please provide your comments below to improve this course.

Practical Thinking Course Video

Practical Thinking Course Video Transcript:

Hi Friends. My name is Prabakaran Thirumalai. Welcome to this Practical Thinking Course.

It was a Sunday morning, I was listening to a new age guru talking about the mind. He started telling stories, on how emotions create misery to us. Then he told that he is going to share his technique to overcome the misery. We are all anxiously waiting for his answer.
He finally told that we should meditate to overcome this problem…

I was really amazed when i understood his problem solving strategy. If i tell him that my problem is “I have lot of bedbugs in my cot”, his solution would be to “burn the cot” so that there is no bedbug in it.

That is the time i thought, i should learn about thinking or mind myself, rather than wasting time in listening to people.

After learning and practice, I am able to control my thoughts,
take clear decisions by separating emotional thoughts,
become more creative by separating logical thoughts,
solve complex problems by separating irrelevant information.

Now I am mentoring my children, to improve their critical and creative thinking skills, by using simple thinking tools and techniques,
i thought i would develop these techniques as video course, so that it will be helpful for all other parents.
This course would be the missing link in education system to teach your children thinking skills and become more creative.

Many of us have a wrong perception, that thinking, more specifically creativity, is god’s gift or talent. But the fact is that thinking is a skill which can be learnt, practiced and improved.
If you ask any educationalist, What do you think is the prime purpose of education?, their immediate answer would be, “to make students knowledgeable by teaching”.

Yes, i agree that it is necessary, but definitely not sufficient. Knowledge alone was sufficient during industrial revolution. In fact education system around the world is designed during industrial revolution to produce workers for factory.

Like factory assembly, students are moved from one grade to another as a batch, till they complete their gradutaion, with passed out year as their manufacturing date and unfortunately with an expiry date, much before they get into a job.
The current education system, designed during industrial revolution period, to create factory workers, is not sufficient for this information age. In this ever changing technological world, knowledge acquired last year, is not useful this year, as the technology becomes outdated at a rapid pace.

If knowledge alone, is not sufficient, to equip our children for future, what else should education focus on?

In this information age, with internet google and facebook, we have access to more information than ever before. Each one of us is producing information on the internet every single day.

Nowadays, We need to be highly intelligent ,to filter out the false information, available in the internet, and identify facts from trusted sources, in making decisions, as well as to solve problems.

Please click here, If you are interested, to know more about, differences between knowledge and intelligence
If we compare, our human brain and computer, we can understand that our brain performs following functions

1.Long term memory is like a hard disk in computer
2.Short term memory is like a computer’s Memory
3.Conscious Mind is like a processor

Some people think that, they are very intelligent, if they can answer a question. This is same as, getting high marks in examinations. They do not understand that, they have good memory recall capability, but that doesn’t mean that they are intelligent.

These people who are good in storing information in memory and recall that on request do not use the processing capability of the brain.
This course will make you learn about thinking tools and techniques to improve your critical thinking skills and creative thinking skills and also equip your children, to use processing capability of the brain, to have a bright future.

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This video course is inspired by and dedicated to Sir Ken Robinson, Edward De bono, Tony Buzan.

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Is medical still a good career option

Do you have a keen interest in medical career Do you like to become a doctor. You have made the right decision. Please listen to this video to find out why?

Lets begin by understanding the current MBBS admission system in India. India has close to 500 medical colleges. Nearly half of them are run by private organizations. With the current capacity of 55,000 medical seats, India has produced 7 lakhs doctors till now. This information is as per Medical council of India registration records. For 1.3 billion population, India currently has 1 doctor for every 1700 citizens.

Check out worldwide doctor population ratio of all countries pictured in world map here

Doctor to Population Ratio

As per World Health Organization recommendation, a country should have a doctor to population ratio of 1:1000. India has set a target to achieve this by the year 2020. What does this mean to us? It means that in another 5 years, India need to produce additional 6 lakhs doctors.  In order to comply with developed countries like US, UK, Germany,etc India would require additional 20 lakhs doctors as doctor to patient ratio in these countries range from 300 to 400. Cuba tops the list with 1 doctor for every 170 people.

Though there is huge demand for doctors, the available medical seat capacity is not sufficient to achieve the target. Indian government understands that this gap cannot be fixed by increasing medical seats in India within this short span of time. So, It encourages students to study MBBS abroad.

MBBS In Philippines

Indian students who missed medical seat because of less cutoff can use this opportunity to study medical degree in nearby countries such as Philippines. Why am I recommending Philippines among other countries. Because, it provides best quality education at an affordable cost. In the recent past, many Indian students study MBBS In Philippines mainly because of its best quality education and its international recognition for exams such as USMLE, Medical Council of India Screening Test, etc

Can you believe that you can complete your MBBS degree with one fifth of the cost of India. Most of the parent and students are not aware that medical degree can be completed within 15 lakhs.

Do you want to reserve your MBBS seat in Philippines for the coming year in advance before it gets filled up. Fence Education Academy is registered south India admission office for many medical universities in Philippines. Visit us at http://www.fenceabroad.com to reserve your seat or know more about medical education.

Skills for the 21st century

Trend in past centuries

Agricultural Age – 18th Century

Industrial Age – 19th Century

Information Age – 20th Century

Conceptual Age – 21st Century

Education systems are designed during the Industrial age and it produced workers for factories. Core subjects covered under schools during this century are

  • English – Reading, Writing and Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Government and Civics

We are still following these traditional education systems.  It is not sufficient to make few changes to fit for 21st century, rather it requires a complete transformation in order to equip human capital for the 21st century.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills was formed in 2002 by U.S. Department of Education with fortune companies such as Apple, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, SAP, etc that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. P21 advocates to promote understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects such as Global Awareness, Financial,Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Health Literacy and Environmental Literacy

Apart from core subjects and 3 Rs (Relating, Representing and Reasoning), following skills(4Cs) are mandatory for students of 21st Century

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Life Skills
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self Direction
    • Social and cross cultural Skills
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Leadership and Responsibility

For more information on tools and resource provided by P21 refer here

Six Thinking Hats by Edward D Bono – Father of Lateral Thinking

“Our software for thinking, which we inherited from the Greek Gang of Three – Socrates, Plato and Aristotle – is about truth, logic, argument and analysis. It’s excellent, in the same way that the rear left wheel of a car is excellent, but it misses out on creativity, design and perception. Ninety per cent of errors of thinking are errors of perception, not logic.”

stated by Edward D. Bono, father of lateral thinking. He has written more than 20 books on this subject and some of the best sellers are six thinking hats, lateral thinking, thinking course, etc. He also teaches people how to think effectively to achieve results.

His lecture on six thinking hats which starts with introduction to thinking , thinking as skill, difference between IQ and thinking, etc

Six thinking hats is very popular thinking tool used in large companies for conducting meetings, make organizational decisions, etc.  Under this tool, there are six colored hats.  Color of each hat represents on what the thinker should focus on

White Hat -> Information

Red Hat -> Emotions

Black Hat -> Negatives

Yellow Hat -> Advantage

Green Hat -> Alternatives

Blue Hat -> Control of the thinking process

State of education

Half of what a student learns in Ist year is outdated by the time they finish the degree.  We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist and to use technologies that are yet to be invented.  But we are still using the traditional way of teaching which was formalized during Industrial revolution period. Traditional teaching is based on learn once and use it through out the career, so it was more focussed on adding more information to your brain so that you can use that information during your work.

Most of the technology which are most popular today such as web2.0 and  social networking sites like wordpress, twitter, linkedin, youtube,  facebook did not exist 10 years back. Learning one technology and how to use that particular technology is not sufficient to cope up with the technology changes which is prevalent in this era. Students should go at least one level below to understand how the technology is developed and how it can be improved and one level above to understand how the technologies are currently used and how it can be utilized better.

In order to do this, critical thinking or logical thinking is not sufficient. Better way of doing things/Creativity does not happen by using logical thinking, rather it happens by doing parallel thinking or lateral thinking. Thinking procedures should be part of the syllabus and more time should be spent on thinking/analyzing on the subject rather than taking notes from lecturers.

Lecturers should ask to themselves “Are we teaching creativity and challenging students to think?” while designing the course materials and planning the lectures.