I personally believe in the critical thinking. And considering how many americans these days seem to lack basic common sence. I think we need the practice at the critical thinking in order to apply our knowlage to basic real life situations. I tihnk that the text book based learning is why our society is failing. We don't give room to think. We don't give room to be crative, or artistic. We don't promote being different. Or thinking for ourselves. Our school system and government promotes the idea of you fitting in this disgustingly thin little mold and conforming to everything other people want of you. Elementry, middle, highschool, college, career. Do they ever stop to think that maybe these steps need to be modified to fit each person, considering NONE of us are the same. And we all basically have our own styles of learning? In a critical thinking enviroment I believe that a child/students OWN intelligence and style of learning are far more visible and thusly more avilible for encouragment and growth.