School of Thinking

On 30 May 1988 the School of Thinking was officially launched by Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson in the presence of the then Governor General of Australia, His Excellency Sir Ninian Stephan with 600 of Australia’s Commonwealth, State and Municipal States-people present. Dr Hewitt-Gleeson challenged that “critical thinking” as a school subject, should be on the curriculum of every school.

December 2018 marked the 30th Anniversary of the School of Thinking in Australia and The School of Thinking is more relevant than ever. The World Economic Forum Report supports this need. The report highlights a reskilling imperative by 2022 with over 50% of all employees requiring significant retraining and/or upskilling. The growing demand for expertise in rapidly advancing technical fields like data science, AI, robotics, technology design and programming will require continuous training. Proficiency in new technologies is only one part of the 2022 skills equation, as ‘human’ skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will retain or increase their value, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving.

According to Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, logic is natural to the human brain’s limbic system because it is driven by the emotion of fear: the fear of ‘mistakes’ and the fear of ‘surprise’. In contrast, lateral thinking is not natural to the human brain. It is counter-intuitive. It requires re-wiring. Rather like driving a car, it must be acquired as a skill, with hours of deliberate practice and repetition over time. Artificial intelligence can now do logic much faster than human intelligence. Lateral thinking is a skill that we should be teaching our children: as they are going to need it!

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Lateral thinking is a skill that must be learned”. – Professor Edward de Bono

“There is nothing on Earth more powerful than lateral thinking”. – Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson

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