The real core of The Puzzle School is a focus on deep, critical thinking.

Thinking about something philosophically is core to the puzzle-solving metaphor and design thinking. You are constantly asking questions trying to better understand yourself and the world. For example a student who loves a video game can become a philosopher of that game and games in general. Why do they like the game? What is good about it? What other games share those qualities?

Many students never have any encouragement to think deeply about something they truly care about, but the general skills involved with critically interrogating an activity or idea can be applied to anything. What is going well or badly in their life? Why do they think it is going badly? If someone else is involved how might that person feel about the situation?

This article discusses the value of philosophical thought, not just in the realm of philosophy, but how it affects an individual's ability to learn other material such as math.




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