Critical Thinking and The Religious Indoctrination of the African Child :The BIGGEST problem facing the Continent

"Forcing and indoctrinating religion on to a child is child abuse. The whole entire system of religion is based on fear. 

 

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.”When you look at a lot of western education-based organisations, you'll see that critical thinking is on nearly everyone's list of essential skills for pupils. Independent thought, on the other hand, is discouraged in many African nations. children in Africa  are sometimes unable to ask questions or question norms, and those who do are ignored and  disciplined by their teachers for asking "difficult,challenging  or forbidden  questions".

Religious indoctrination is often the first method of instruction received by children in Africa before they are sent to quasi-religious primary, secondary, and university schools to receive a formal education.As a result, critical thinking is limited in children's upbringing.There are no services in place to inspire children and teenagers to challenge their beliefs.As a result, critical thinking should be taught in elementary and secondary schools.Teaching critical thinking in primary schools allows children to develop their curiosity and inquisitiveness at an early age.

The practice of challenging ideas has long been recognised as critical to handling and making sense of the avalanche of data that people face in their daily lives. Critical thinking has been praised as a necessary virtue for separating fact from lies, blatant propaganda from truthful news, and reliable knowledge from deception and misinformation.

A critical mind has been described as a valuable asset, or a powerful tool, in the fight against deceit, gullibility, and coercion by porque and miracle cures sales agents.The solution to religious zealotry and bigotry has long been identified as critical thinking. Sadly, there are no programmes dedicated to teaching and instilling critical thinking skills, particularly in public and private schools in Africa.Too little, too late in the educational process, critical thought appears.

There is also little appetite for educational change that reflects these ideals and sentiments.Only tertiary level students are taught critical thinking.Students' minds have already been formed at this stage.In all fields of human endeavour, many students are less transparent and rarely inclined to challenge, interrogate and interpret  concepts.Simply put, students at the tertiary level reject or are prone to resist critical assessments.


Children must realise that learning entails not only memorization but also critical thinking.Teachers must understand that teaching entails not only presenting material to students, who must regurgitate it during exams, but also offering opportunities for students to ask questions about what is being taught in class.As a result, schools should have a topic dedicated solely to encouraging students to ask questions just for the sake of asking questions.In reality, what is currently going on in classrooms and schools is raising questions for the sake of answering them.Critical thinking is expected to help African teachers and students develop their teaching and learning.

 


It will help to de-emphasize teachers' conventional roles as question-posers and generators.It will aid in the transformation of students' perceptions of themselves as answer-suppliers and providers.Students create questions and interrogate ideas and responses in a critical thinking class.Teachers' job is to pique students' interest and encourage them to ask questions, not to answer them.Any ostensibly correct response or solution can be used as a source of investigation and questioning.Critical thinking is a topic that has the potential to increase Africa's educational quality.African nations must take the requisite steps to begin teaching this subject in primary schools.

 

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