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Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading
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Education system which was developed around the world during industrial world…


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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Are we Teaching Thinking in Indian Schools

Education system in our schools and colleges in India are well designed to distribute huge amounts of data as well as information to the students but fails to teach how to use the collected information.

We are groomed from our childhood not to use our processing capabilities of our brain but to best use our memory capability of our brain. When a question is put to either teachers or parents, it doesn’t get answered and more importantly, we are asked not to waste time thinking about unnecessary things. We are forced to study the only solution available to the problem and use the same solution whenever we are confronted with that problem. Problem solving or thinking skill is literally discarded from our education system both by teachers as well as parents.

Students would be able to improve thinking skill by understanding the basics  of data, information and knowledge.


Data Knowledge Information thinking education

Data is nothing but facts and figures. Data must be organized to become information. To organize data, one needs to analyze the data to derive meaningful information.  This interpreted information differs from person to person as every individual seeks different information from the same data. Another important point with respect to information is that,  it can be right or wrong depending on the person analyzing it.

Knowledge is the result of applying your thinking on data or information based on your experience to gather insight. In other words, Knowledge is the meaningful links people make in their minds between information and its uses.  To sum it up, data is truth, information is someone’s analysis on truth, knowledge is what we know in our mind about it.

Given the data, what matters are your ability to use it to build meaningful information (analyzing data)and knowledge (applying information). For example, ‘Huge wind storms yesterday night’ is data, ‘today fish catch will be less’ is information, ‘not to buy fish today as prices will be high’ is knowledge.

Information processing capabilities of the brain

Brain stores and process information based on the following principles

Photographic: Brain has enormous capacity to remember pictures and images. It is much easier to remember a picture than to remember long lines of text.

Keywords: Brain stores information based on the abstraction principle. After reading long paragraph, brain condenses this information and stores keywords or headlines which abstracts the content in the paragraph.

Stories: It is more important than facts for remembering ideas. Stories capture facts in many different context and aids in retrieving and correlating with many other aspects. “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” –Roger C. Schank, cognitive scientist

Associations:Brains links different subjects together to create a pattern.  New information feed to the brain will get associated with existing pattern already formed based on the previous information fed to it.

Context: Information fed into the brain is stored based on the context. For example ‘laptop’ is stored in brain with contexts such as when it is bought, who bought it, How much, Where it is bought,etc. Once it is stored in brain it can be retrieved with one of more context values as input.

Power of Brain

Many of us think that calculators are more powerful when compared to our brains simply because they can perform calculations at incredible speeds with flawless accuracy.

Here comes the genius Arthur Benjamin who demonstrates the memory and processing speed of brain in this TED lecture and disproves the myth.