I was just thinking of the connection between creativity & critical thinking. Being able to sort through things & come up with a new solution, idea or way requires training of the mind in creativity. In creativity we are able to see outside of the box & find new ways of looking at things.
So what do schools take out of the curriculum the most often? Art, debate, music, home ec, woodshop & so forth. If the youth don't get this kind of creative experience at home, there is a deficit in the development of the ability to think creativity & therefore critically.
I have an idea about us offering creativity experiences -- will keep you posted.