We’re taking this week off to enjoy the holidays, so we’re bringing you an old favorite from our archives. It’s the holiday season, so we’re revisiting the conversation in which Danielle and José ask: Are there rational reasons for giving to those less fortunate? What responsibilities or duties to we have to give to the poor? Does giving to the poor end up doing more harm than good? We end with “What We’re Thinking About” and give our recommendations for this episode. We hope you enjoy, and we’ll be back with a new episode right after the new year.
This episode, Danielle claims that we should be teaching hopeful thinking as an integral part of teaching critical thinking. If ignorance is bliss, critical thinking often can lead to depression, cynicism, and apathy, as students lose faith in old values, beliefs, and structures of meaning. Danielle argues that we must also teach our students to create new values and beliefs and to take action, even in the face of meaningless absurdity. José wonders how to best teach this. We end by giving recommendations in our What We’ve Been Thinking About segment.
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