QUOTE(Barry Thain @ Sep 4 2007, 08:20 PM)
My son's school kind of suggested Critical Thinking was essential if you wanted to go to Oxbridge.
The Oxbridge websites, prospectuses (and students that I know) all specifically state that Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted as subjects. They may be considered individually in special circumstances, but usually it's your more academic things that count.
I do know some people who enjoyed Crit Think, but personally, I hated it. I usually love my subjects and I put in as much work as I can, but Critical Thinking was not for me. I signed up because it sounded "interesting" but in the first lesson the teacher told us that she'd never taught the subject before and had spentthe summer learning the syllabus. Hmm. Then she gave us a textbook and worksheets with questions on them such as "can a dance be counted as an argument"?
Our school told us that we 'weren't allowed' to quit, which is why most people carried on. I went and pestered the exams officer day in day out in the week before they entered us for the exam, and I was the only person in the year allowed to quit.
I guess that some people do enjoy it, especially if you like arguing and reasoning and things... hmm.
I remember this time last year, I was on the forums and in CISD asking exactly the same questions, and it was these guys (Nicki and Katyjay I think) who helped me make the right decision.