seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Writer's Block: Tolerance 101?

If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

Critical thinking, particularly applying to things like scams, claims of paranormal abilities, and so on.  This is a skill which would serve *ANYONE* well, no matter what their profession was -- from physics professor to homemaker to athlete.

This would include abilities to dissect claims to see what the actual capabilities being claimed are, ability to do BOTE (back of the envelope) calculations to "sanity check" figures given to you, understanding orders of magnitude of difference, techniques of "cold reading" and other common scam tricks, and so on.
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