Critical thinking is a matter of thinking clearly and rationally. I believe strongly that a vibrant liberal democracy requires informed citizens with good critical thinking skills, and that critical reflection is crucial for personal development, and living a moral and meaningful life. So I spend quite a lot of time teaching and promoting critical thinking in Hong Kong and elsewhere:
There are of course many other thinking skills beside critical thinking that are equally important. In particular, I am very interested in the topic of metacognition, the capacity to monitor and control one’s own thinking process. I believe the teaching of critical thinking should be conceptualized as one component of metacognitive education, and that metacognition should be given a more prominent place in the university curriculum.