Nine Questions to Help Verify Information

Finding people with excellent critical thinking skills seems to be on the top of every employer’s wish list. It is also a very important goal for educators to help students of all ages develop such skills.

And, yes, it is a skill and everybody can learn it and improve existing skills levels. Here’s a good starting point if you want to know more about how: 

Ohio Teacher to Get the Death Penalty Over Duct Tape Flap?

The following post appeared in 2013 on another blog written by Molly Joss. The post proved to be very popular.

You have probably read about the teacher who posted a photo online of some of her students with duct tape on their mouths and a caption something along the lines of, “Now I know how to keep them quiet!” She says the students were just messing around and so was she. They agree. No one is claiming she abused them in any way.

Okay, then. Here is a quote from the story about this fracas that was posted today: “The Akron school board is considering whether to terminate her.”


Yes and No. And Yes.

Yes, this is a real quote. You can reach the full story here:–abc-news-topstories.html

No, the writer of the story did not mean to convey the idea the school board might kill the teacher. </p>

Yes, the sentence is a good illustration of just another case of when the”employment’ of an editor (as in a living human being) is a good idea.

By the way, the teacher probably will lose her job over this, but one of the burning questions the article says the school board is bent on answering is “Why was there duct tape in the classroom?”