IHEYO Book on Teaching Critical Thinking 2012

in 2012 IHEYO celebrates its ten years of existence in its latest

reincarnation. To honour its 10 years of active life, IHEYO will publish
 book entitled ‘Critical Thinking in Humanist education: an overview of best practices Worldwide’. 

The publication will reflect on 10 years international and national experience within young humanist leaders around the globe. And it will highlight some of the humanist educational practices developed in different countries.

The book is going to be a practical and inspirational tool for groups and individuals around the world on how to empower children and youth to be critical thinkers. This can be done in class, but many youth humanist groups do this in non-formal educational settings such as camps, informal discussion groups, through online forums, etc. This book offers valuable information for both.

The power of people to take their own reasoned decisions is one of the core principles of humanism. It is based on the idea that people are able to be responsible for themselves and their life. It is also the moral belief that we should make our choices in a way that provides every one the tools and respect to make these responsible decisions freely. IHEYO aims to stimulate young people’s ability to choose and think for themselves, being more skilled and aware of themselves and their surroundings. Teaching critical thinking is a red thread in IHEYO’s existence.
 The book is divided into three sections: 

  1. One section explores the different international concepts of critical thinking, within the humanist circle and in academia. Critical thinking is not the same as rational thinking. In our conception critical thinking is about awareness; it is about the ability to follow our path in life. We also explore in this chapter the pitfalls of our mind and the limits to rational thinking. Knowing our possible limits and pitfalls will help us make better choices.  
  2. The other section focuses on teaching critical thinking from a humanist perspective. We review some of the didactic principles behind humanist education and give practical methods to use. In different countries, there are methods for humanist education developed (the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Germany and USA). 
  3. The third section is spread throughout the book. It is a collection of best practices of humanist teaching of critical thinking. The experience of ten years IHEYO will be reviewed. And many good practices of local and national humanist groups and organizations will be shared. There will be a focus on the second and third section of the book, making the book a real tool-book.

    In terms of practices, the book will focus on international and national youth and children’s camps, managing volunteers, humanist empowerment in Africa, poverty eradication and humanist empowerment in India, humanist schools, magic uncovering, secular civil services, social media and theatre play, among others.