If you are familiar with any thinking skills programs, ask someone knowledgeable about it the "Where's the beef? Namely, "What intellectual standards does the program articulate and teach?
" I think you will first find that the person is puzzled about what you mean.
How are districts to deal with the full array of needs?
How are they to do all of these rather than simply one, no matter how important that one may be? Everything essential to education supports everything else essential to education.
All of us can engage in small talk, can share gossip.
And we don't require any intricate skills to do that fairly well.
The "making" and the "testing of that making" are intimately interconnected.
In critical thinking we make and shape ideas and experiences so that they may be used to structure and solve problems, frame decisions, and, as the case may be, effectively communicate with others.
And then when you explain what you mean, I think you will find that the person is not able to articulate any such standards.
Thinking skills programs without intellectual standards are tailor-made for mis-instruction. Only with quality long-term staff development that helps the teachers, over an extended period of time, over years not months, to work on their own thinking and come to terms with what intellectual standards are, why they are essential, and how to teach for them.