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This is a comparison of two articles that discuss the importance of critical thinking in schools. Implicit and explicit meaning are evaluated. Two excellent scholarly articles detailing the importance of critical thinking in school and how to achieve valid methods that encourage students to think critically.

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Article One: Understanding and Developing Controversial Issues in College Courses

Explicit Meaning: This article encourages the use of controversial issues to encourage critical thinking among college students. The authors of the articles offer four examples of controversial issues that they have found to be effective in stimulating critical thinking among students.

"We discuss four issues - the death penalty, drug legalization, alternative sanctions, and gun control. Based on our conversations with our colleagues, these are issues that surface in many different social science disciplines. Our discussions illustrate handling controversial topics by being open-minded and considering all sides. We also include these issues because we are familiar with them, and we see them as good contexts for promoting critical discussion." (Payne, Brian K. and Gainey, Randy R. p. 1)

Activities that teachers can use to allow students to manipulate the information are also given. Finally, an extensive list of sources is given so that teachers have access to excellent resources to us to develop their critical thinking exercises.

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This is a comparison of two articles that discuss the importance of critical thinking in schools. Implicit and explicit meaning are evaluated. Over 700 words of original text evaluating two scholarly articles. Two excellent scholarly articles detailing the importance of critical thinking in school and how to achieve valid methods that encourage students to think critically.

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