We would like to extend our congratulations to Year 11 students Jess, Justin, Chloe and Nathan who have completed the Critical Thinking course (the first at Barker), offered by Macquarie University as part of the university's gifted and talented entry program.

The course is taught at tertiary level and focuses on teaching the foundations of critical thinking and reasoning. Students learn how to analyse and evaluate arguments, how to detect common fallacies in reasoning, and how to employ logic and creativity to their own thinking. The theoretical part of the course is then applied to arguments from the worlds of business, law, science, politics, philosophy, and the media.

The course is taught at tertiary level and focuses on teaching the foundations of critical thinking and reasoning. Students learn how to analyse and evaluate arguments, how to detect common fallacies in reasoning, and how to employ logic and creativity to their own thinking. The theoretical part of the course is then applied to arguments from the worlds of business, law, politics, philosophy, and the media.

Having to balance school work and the course, the students were grateful for the experience as it allowed for a greater understanding of the expectations of university.

Nathan has his eye on attending Macquarie University once he graduates, which helped with the decision to partake in this course.

“I thought it would be a good way to test the waters at Macquarie, to see what their courses are like. It diversified my options of what to study after school,” said Nathan.

Jess and Chloe were keen to learn more about what university is really like.

Jess elaborated on how she was “excited about learning more about the whole university experience especially whilst at School as the thought of uni is quite scary.”

“This was a good opportunity to have a taste of what it is like so when it comes around to it, I won’t be as nervous,” said Jess.

Justin added it was a useful experience for the future and believes it’s “important to have an understanding of how university works with the benefit of being able to add it to your resume’.”

If you are a Year 10 student (Class of 2023) and you would like further information about completing this course, please contact Greg Longney by the end of Term 4 2021 at GLongney@barker.nsw.edu.au.