“Analyze this” and “Analyze That”. These are two movies, with one of the most brilliant actors of all time, Robert de Niro. They are based on the relationship between a mafia don and his counsellor, and how the counsellor analyzes his client’s problems and addresses them. But what does analysis mean? It is a core thinking skill which involves breaking down information by examining parts and relationships so its structure can be understood. Accurately identifying and analyzing problems, even if it is something like telling the difference between right and wrong, are basic life skills everyone needs to have. Learning to prioritize the tasks that need to be completed is fundamental to academic success.
We conducted a study that looked at children’s ability to follow rules in various schools of Bangalore; we found that 64% children (aged 10-13 years) are able to attentively follow the rules of engagement. 36%of children are unable to do so.
- Paying attention involves the process of analysing information, comparing it to pre-existing knowledge, exercising the concept of right and wrong and logically arriving at the best decision to take with regard to that particular situation.
- If one has understood the rules of engagement, and having the ability to measure them against each other leads to being able to prioritize effectively.
- To prioritize means to designate or treat (something) as being very or most important. It also means determine the order for dealing with (a series of items or tasks) according to their relative importance.