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Why we should all respect CRT

By Anthony Vinson

advkdv@att.net

I realize this may rankle some readers, but it should really come as no surprise that I am a fan of CRT. In fact, I would go so far as to admit that I have been a proponent of CRT for more than four decades. There is no doubt in my mind that CRT should be a part of every school curriculum in the country, beginning in kindergarten and extending through elementary, middle, and high school. I speak of Critical, Reasoned Thinking.

To critically examine claims and assertions, to use reason over emotion in the pursuit of truths, to think rather than react… those are worthwhile, life affirming skills. We, as a society, should welcome CRT into our classrooms, boardrooms, statehouses, and federal facilities. Critical thinking skills are, well, critical to living what Socrates referred to as the examined life. And if you will pardon my effrontery, far too few folks are critically examining their lives, choices, and beliefs. One need look no further than the local social media sites for proof.

While many methods of CRT exist, the simplest and most accessible is the application of the six basic interrogatives: What, Why, When, Where, Who and How. Attending the U.S. Army’s counterintelligence agent course, these interrogatives were taught as basic methodology for getting at truths. They were hammered into our heads so well that to this day I automatically begin asking them about damn near everything.

As an example, consider the latest partisan post from your congressperson. Application of the basic interrogatives allows us to explore his motives as well as his intentions. We can ask questions designed to help us understand his underlying purposes, which trend toward stirring of the partisan puddin’ pot. To wit: How do his overly partisan posts contribute positively to the constituency? Who are his real targets? Who is he appeasing? What has he done to address the immediate concerns and needs of the district? Who does he think he’s fooling? 

Another example are the pathetic percentages of Pike County voters who bothered to appear at the polls in early November. Failing to apply CRT, most registered voters opted out of adding their two cents to several important elections and issues, including an extended tax increase. But hey, who cares about taxes, or who is elected to local offices, right?  

Without CRT we are prone to take whatever tasty bait is dangled in our direction, snapping it hungrily and gobbling it down without care or concern about whether it is good for us, our community, or our country at large. All that appears to matter is how it makes us feel… like that feeling of intense anger about what children are being taught in school but failing to compare that with what they are learning at home and on social media. The gap, in far too many cases, is deep and wide, but again, it is far easier to point fingers of blame, right?

Thinking critically and applying reason over emotional response is not easy. In fact, it is not natural. Our minds tend toward reaction first and reason second. In our evolutionary past this skill kept us alive, thriving, and healthy enough to contribute to the gene pool. 

Modern life demands a different priority. It demands that we begin overriding our baser instincts and instead use our considerable tools and talents to think more and react less. 

Think about it!

Anthony Vinson is a freelance writer, speaker and humorist for hire. He lives in Williamson, GA, and can be reached at advkdv@att.net. 

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