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Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Brixtonyute(m): 9:42am On Apr 05, 2012
I have been on the forum for a while now, and I've basically studied the pattern of most of the posts. My honest observation is that most of the "educated" Nigerians lack common sense and critical thinking abilities. All I see are bunch pseudo-intellectuals and morons, who regurgitates everything they have been indoctrinated with in classrooms and by the news media. They analyse everything based on formulas they either read about; learned whilst within the four walls of a University; or what was fed to them by Western controlled news media - when it has been proven several times that you can't apply the same formulas to everything, and practicality in context is different what you learned theoretically.


If most of the youths and adults on nairaland are the future on Nigeria; then, I give up on Nigeria and the black race. sad

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Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by wowo2: 10:38am On Apr 05, 2012
yeah right, especially when the only issues they comment on are football, sex and women.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by eGuerrilla(m): 10:53am On Apr 05, 2012
Traces of Bloom's Taxonomy does actually exists in small pockets of Nairaland, if you drill down beyond what appears at surface-level? grin
By the way, you are not likely to with uncover these by starting threads with titles like "I'm Trying To 'network' Cute And Intelligent Chics On NL - Chics Holla!" and "Explanation For the Tribal War On Nairaland" grin

To your question; the simple truth, I think, is that the development of abstract problem-solving and critical thinking skills is no longer promoted in Nigerian schools.

"In Nigerian schools, however, assessment, especially at the secondary level, most often than not is concentrated on cognitive achievement to the detriment of affective and psychomotor development of learners (Ipaye, 1986; Iyewarun, 1986; Okon, 1986). This is not unconnected with the Nigerian society’s quest for paper qualification.
Thus a child with pass marks in his/her subjects receives a certificate at the end of the course no matter how “bad” his/her manners are or how unskilled he/she may be. In other words, behaviour, attitude, interest, aptitude and other affective and psychomotor traits do not count towards obtaining a certificate."

Idowu, I., & Esere, O. (2010). Assessment in Nigerian schools: a counsellor’s viewpoint. Edo Journal of Counselling, 2(1), 17–27.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by LogicMind: 11:13am On Apr 05, 2012
Most 'Educated' Nigerians. Is that a new code phrase for "yoruba"?
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by thoth: 11:13am On Apr 05, 2012
wowo2: yeah right, especially when the only issues they comment on are football, sex and women.
God! the football of a thing is most sad.
I think the reason is partly the effects of colonial indoctrination and partly poor educational standards.
I was with a group of people whom i assumed were learned and i was telling them how christianity came to nigeria citing many events from the national archives in order to persuade them to accept that teaching christian religious knowledge in schools is extremely dangerous psychologically to our children and our culture as our identity, i used a JSS 3 students notebook as an example where a topic " the evil of african traditional religion" was treated and imediately they all verbally abused me and the priest(catholic priest) said i was posessed. The two things that pained me was that i use reason,logic,historical and verifiable evidence and observed abnormalities on contemporary african society to back my points while they as OP said kept repeating same "your are working for the devil " phrase which provides no information nor illumination on their point if they had one.
Secondly the few who understood me were reluctant to criticise the status quo for fear of the priest(in white) or being bundled as an antichrist with me.
When i started stating in chronological order how christianity was sustained in eastern nigeria with the killings,forceful detentions and partial genocides in the name of god and compared it to the Muslim Jihad they simply asked me to leave.
Are black people really unintelligent as a race ?

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Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by mazaje(m): 11:50am On Apr 05, 2012
thoth:
God! the football of a thing is most sad.
I think the reason is partly the effects of colonial indoctrination and partly poor educational standards.
I was with a group of people whom i assumed were learned and i was telling them how christianity came to nigeria citing many events from the national archives in order to persuade them to accept that teaching christian religious knowledge in schools is extremely dangerous psychologically to our children and our culture as our identity, i used a JSS 3 students notebook as an example where a topic " the evil of african traditional religion" was treated and imediately they all verbally abused me and the priest(catholic priest) said i was posessed. The two things that pained me was that i use reason,logic,historical and verifiable evidence and observed abnormalities on contemporary african society to back my points while they as OP said kept repeating same "your are working for the devil " phrase which provides no information nor illumination on their point if they had one.
Secondly the few who understood me were reluctant to criticise the status quo for fear of the priest(in white) or being bundled as an antichrist with me.
When i started stating in chronological order how christianity was sustained in eastern nigeria with the killings,forceful detentions and partial genocides in the name of god and compared it to the Muslim Jihad they simply asked me to leave.
Are black people really unintelligent as a race ?

Nope, we are not. . .The black man does NOT reason at all, that is why we will continue to remain at the bottom of everything. . .In fact we don't really know how the world works. . .
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Rgp92: 12:00pm On Apr 05, 2012
Soo true. Most of them are emotional rather than rational.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by AZeD1(m): 12:53pm On Apr 05, 2012
OP yes... Most Nigerians especially the so called educated ones.
Tribalism and religious intolerance are characteritics of a dull mind and you'll find that plenty here on nairaland.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by emsquare(m): 12:57pm On Apr 05, 2012
wowo2: yeah right, especially when the only issues they comment on are football, sex and women.

Hmmmm!!!
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by justwise(m): 12:58pm On Apr 05, 2012
Brixtonyute: I have been on the forum for a while now, and I've basically studied the pattern of most of the posts. My honest observation is that most of the "educated" Nigerians lack common sense and critical thinking abilities. All I see are bunch pseudo-intellectuals and morons, who regurgitates everything they have been indoctrinated with in classrooms and by the news media. They analyse everything based on formulas they either read about; learned whilst within the four walls of a University; or what was fed to them by Western controlled news media - when it has been proven several times that you can't apply the same formulas to everything, and practicality in context is different what you learned theoretically.


If most of the youths and adults on nairaland are the future on Nigeria; then, I give up on Nigeria and the black race. sad

Only God knows how much i hate that phrase. Why do some people always attribute any opinion different from theirs to western media?
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by MurderX: 1:00pm On Apr 05, 2012
Listen to most popular Nigerian Music, watch their best selling Home videos or visit the most populated churches and mosques to notice how dumb and illogical Majority(over 95%) of Nigerians are.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by xterra2(m): 1:01pm On Apr 05, 2012
True
The so called educated Nigerians I see here are very silly and dumb
They lack common sense
Reading through a page here, you start to wonder how some peoPle think
I think most people here have a fish brain
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by justwise(m): 1:10pm On Apr 05, 2012
Murder_X: Listen to most popular Nigerian Music, watch their best selling Home videos or visit the most populated churches and mosques to notice how dumb and illogical Majority(over 95%) of Nigerians are.


. . and that is coming from somebody who supposed to be more Educated and smarter than 95% Nigerians?
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Martian(m): 1:11pm On Apr 05, 2012
mazaje:

Nope, we are not. . .The black man does NOT reason at all, that is why we will continue to remain at the bottom of everything. . .In fact we don't really know how the world works. . .

Hey maz, didn't want to say anything on the other similar thread. But everything this guy wrote below(with little modification) can be applied to majority of the African race in Africa and the rest of the world.

Haiti is the only majority black republic in the west. YES IT'S PERPETUALLY F#CKED UP! Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
didn't the japanese have a earthquake too?

thoth:
God! the football of a thing is most sad.
I think the reason is partly the effects of colonial indoctrination and partly poor educational standards.
I was with a group of people whom i assumed were learned and i was telling them how christianity came to nigeria citing many events from the national archives in order to persuade them to accept that teaching christian religious knowledge in schools is extremely dangerous psychologically to our children and our culture as our identity, i used a JSS 3 students notebook as an example where a topic " the evil of african traditional religion" was treated and imediately they all verbally abused me and the priest(catholic priest) said i was posessed. The two things that pained me was that i use reason,logic,historical and verifiable evidence and observed abnormalities on contemporary african society to back my points while they as OP said kept repeating same "your are working for the devil " phrase which provides no information nor illumination on their point if they had one.
Secondly the few who understood me were reluctant to criticise the status quo for fear of the priest(in white) or being bundled as an antichrist with me.
When i started stating in chronological order how christianity was sustained in eastern nigeria with the killings,forceful detentions and partial genocides in the name of god and compared it to the Muslim Jihad they simply asked me to leave.
Are black people really unintelligent as a race ?

Black people are intelligent. They just need to stop being so superstitious and religious. When more black people embrace logic and reason, the scales will start to fall from their eyes.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Demone: 1:18pm On Apr 05, 2012
its time we start working on our intelligence. its not by chance that in a bbc global intelligence research africans ranked very low. someone concluded that that's why africa is underdeveloped. it could be genetic or psychological. considering NL and many nigerians, we are good readers of news and socializing without sarcificing a quarter of our time reading well researched works or concepts. e.g "NOI is evil", why did she 'if' she was the proponent of the move of subsidy embark on it? what rely is the idea behind subsidy? NO! we will quickly run out with placards and waste online time ranting. reacting to news is a sheer sign of mental poverty, lack of common sense and the likes.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Iolo(m): 1:19pm On Apr 05, 2012
The problem with Nigerians and Africans I believe isn't the ability or inability to reason critically or make use of logic but that we are to EGOTISTIC to allow for such.

You go into many arguments here on Nairaland knowing you have a strong point from the logical point of view but the average Nigerian would never admit wrong doing in his line of reasoning.

Dis is our major problem - EGO, Emotions. Take away the "I am Right and You are Wrong attitutde" from us and we'd have a better country.

Case study, how many times do you see Nigerians apologizing for wrongdopng. We hardly say "sorry" except when we are under threat. People drive recklessly and abuse u for correcting them, they make mistakes @ work and hate you for highlighting their mistakes.

Nigerians just NEVER admit wrong doing. It's not a tribal thing.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by angelz(f): 1:28pm On Apr 05, 2012
its a major problem with Africans, Nigerians esp.
hence, d problem with various african govt.
wanting 2 hold on to power evn wen power is leaving dem
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Kobojunkie: 1:42pm On Apr 05, 2012
Iolo: The problem with Nigerians and Africans I believe isn't the ability or inability to reason critically or make use of logic but that we are to EGOTISTIC to allow for such.

I think you have it twisted there. What I believe is that the ego-maniacal image is meant to serve as some sort of compensation for their lacking in the critical reasoning department. Some claim it is CONFIDENCE . . . **shudders**

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Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Nobody: 1:46pm On Apr 05, 2012
Logic Mind: Most 'Educated' Nigerians. Is that a new code phrase for "yoruba"?
Here's anoda one of dem here....OBO.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by ZUBY77(m): 1:46pm On Apr 05, 2012
OP you are right. People dont think at all here. Educated Nigerians are only interested in the certificate they obtained and they all brag about it. A german scientist friend of mine never mentioned to me that he is a phd holder in astronomical physics until after more than two years. A nigerian will make you know that in an hour of meeting him or her.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by yemmyma: 1:50pm On Apr 05, 2012
I blame it on our outmoded culture. That is what breeds the corrupt society we have today.

Lets see how the change agents on this thread who are all learning how it is done in the West bring use it to better Nigeria. If only they come back home. Internet pickins
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Nobody: 1:53pm On Apr 05, 2012
Seems so, sadly
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by harakiri(m): 2:07pm On Apr 05, 2012
@Brixtonyute

I have been on the forum for a while now, and I've basically studied the pattern of most of the posts. My honest observation is that most of the "educated" Nigerians lack common sense and critical thinking abilities.

Err. . .Common sense and "critical thinking abilities" in what sense specifically?


All I see are bunch pseudo-intellectuals and morons, who regurgitates everything they have been indoctrinated with in classrooms and by the news media.

There are pseudo-intellectuals and morons in EVERY FORUM not just here so what's new? Everybody learns from one source or the other be it classrooms,news media, newspapers,journals or animal planet. Doesn't matter so long as information is transferred.

They analyse everything based on formulas they either read about; learned whilst within the four walls of a University; or what was fed to them by Western controlled news media - when it has been proven several times that you can't apply the same formulas to everything, and practicality in context is different what you learned theoretically.

Errr. . .How do YOU analyse "everything" other than what you've read, been taught or experienced? Hmmm? What's this "western controlled news media" thing you're bringing up? You're typing in ENGLISH aren't you? Isn't that derived from the western world?


If most of the youths and adults on nairaland are the future on Nigeria; then, I give up on Nigeria and the black race. sad

Actually, you barking up the wrong tree. It's NOT a Nigerian thing rather it's A BLACK THING! As much as i hate to say this, the black man has a lot of evolving to do. World wide, we are a global embarrassment (the few black folks that make history are nothing compared to the billions remaining). For instance. . .black folks still remain minorities in the US but check out their prisons. . .who has the largest population? BLACKS! ! ! And it's usually for bottom ladder crimes such as armed robbery,drug trafficking,rape,murder and other violent crimes. Go to Asian jails and check out the population of blacks there. It's appalling. How about down here in Africa? Can you name ONE country blessed in mineral resources that isn't either going through serious civil strife or riddled with corruption? Is it Sudan,Nigeria or Liberia? Which?

With all the billions of dollars (probably trillions due to poor accountability) Nigeria makes yearly, we still can't afford good roads, decent infrastructure,24/7 electricity,security of human lives and property,affordable housing,social security,health insurance and so on. In this day and age, we are still talking about manual bore-holes. Some silly governor will put 5 manual bore holes in a rural community,claim to have spent N700million on the project and there'll be a media frenzy over his "achievements". It's simply ridiculous and pathetic.

I can go on and on but. . .

Abeg, leave mata. Black man mata no get part 2.

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Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by ArQueBusieR(m): 2:10pm On Apr 05, 2012
Every educated person should be a philosopher. And anyone who arrives at conclusions via forum posts is a non-philosopher. I can see right through the phenakism. You're probably not so smart either.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by oboman(m): 2:26pm On Apr 05, 2012
What makes you think they are most 'educated' in the first place?


Do they post their academic certificate beside every post?

@OP, I wont say they lack critical thinking and if you thing they do, a forum like this is a good opportunity to challenge and correct them.


We can only eradicate silly ideas and thinking by defeating it with great ideas, so in the future, if you see silly thinking in any post, argue it logically to show how silly it is instead of calling them morons.


'To change a 'slowpoke', don't call him a slowpoke but make him see why he might be a slowpoke.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Beync(f): 2:30pm On Apr 05, 2012
@op u sound like one of my lecturer, u used most of his favourites terms. he is rational, a critical thinker.His ideal is that of a conscientised populace who would be able to their destiny into their hands. Most of my course mates would say he is strict cos he does'nt take poo from students but for me he was my best.
As for how people think and reason on here, Our Fake,adulterated and devalued educational sytem says alot.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by solbil: 2:32pm On Apr 05, 2012
you are so right poste! I think they are capable of ration and criticle thinking. I kow this becos i have had hot arguement with many of them. But the problem is we are afraid of accepting that which apears to be contrary to our preconception and preconviction even though we can see that the new knowledge is, beyond all doubt, true. We prefer to accept that the reason why the match stick lights up after being struck at the side of the match box is due to some supernatural phenomenon rather than scientific process. We tend to see the supernatural in all things.this trend is made worse by the radical pentecostal churches we have today.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by MurderX: 2:32pm On Apr 05, 2012
justwise:


. . and that is coming from somebody who supposed to be more Educated and smarter than 95% Nigerians?

Are you trying to say something? sorry I interrupted your home video session. We all know that nonesense sells in Nigeria.
justwise please getwise.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by pafm247: 2:33pm On Apr 05, 2012
simple: Black mentality!
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by bizfirst(m): 2:42pm On Apr 05, 2012
True. But lets clear the air: sense isn't common!. The process that brings about intelligent, and independent thought is as rigorous as a any course in astronomical science! It can cause one the headaches of a lifetime!! However, to get a change, one must strive to be properly educated and not merely certificated: one must read a ton with a critical approach. That means rejecting even a professor's view if it is not satisfactory. You may wish to look at www.akaahanterungwa.blogspot.com for my effort towards that direction.
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Brixtonyute(m): 2:49pm On Apr 05, 2012
justwise:

Only God knows how much i hate that phrase. Why do some people always attribute any opinion different from theirs to western media?

It's called SELECTIVE THINKING, mate!!

Your brain is there to absolve, analyze, and gather information from different sources (many sources) - think critically, to form your opinion. Not just one way traffic, from one source - that's indoctrination.

I assume you're a graduate - and I sincerely hope you didn't use just one source of information for your dissertation. And assume in your evaluation and literature review, you did critique your own dissertation - and talked about the short comings and merits of the academic sources you cited in your dissertation.

That's basically critical thinking. Please, apply it to your everyday life and stop being a slowpoke. lipsrsealed
Re: Why Is Critical Thinking And Common Sense Elusive To Most 'Educated' Nigerians? by Iolo(m): 3:03pm On Apr 05, 2012
Kobojunkie:

I think you have it twisted there. What I believe is that the ego-maniacal image is meant to serve as some sort of compensation for their lacking in the critical reasoning department. Some claim it is CONFIDENCE . . . **shudders**

Valid point. I'm not a psychiatrist so can't say which is which but we are both on the same side.

What I find interesting is that Nigerians seem to be more affected by Upward Social Comparison and then we are still one of the happiest people in the world. Ironic isn't it?

Any psychologists in the house?

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