In an age of fake news and social media echo chambers, Peter Ellerton argues that while all people are worthy of respect, not all ideas deserve the same treatment. By separating our ideas from our identities, we are able to look at ideas through the lens of a brutal meritocracy, where we can discriminate between a good or bad idea without disrespecting the person who delivered it. Peter Ellerton is a director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project and a lecturer in critical thinking and education.
As a high school teacher of physics and philosophy, his interest in the public understanding of science and the nature of rational public debate led him further into the world of academia. While working on his thesis in Teaching for Thinking at the University of Queensland, Peter worked closely with the International Baccalaureate Organisation to create the subject Nature of Science currently in pilot around the world.
His passion is working with teachers to improve outcomes in student thinking.