But you’re reading College Info Geek, so I’m sure you’re interested to know why critical thinking matters in college.
Your teachers in high school won’t expect you to remember every little fact about U. My high school teachers gave similar speeches when describing what would be expected of us in college: it’s not about the facts you know, but rather about your ability to evaluate them.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but my teacher was giving a concise summary of critical thinking.
Nowadays people are not expected to “know their place” but to “determine their own position.” Of course, the extent to which a “critical” approach is valued and by whom differs, but “to be critical” has become an undeniable part of Western culture; a critical approach is frequently appreciated more than subservient accommodation.
In this vein, definitions of “good citizenship” imply that citizens are willing and able to critically evaluate different perspectives, explore strategies for change and reflect upon issues of justice, (in)equality, and democratic engagement in addition to a capacity to function in a socially accepted and responsible manner within a community (Westheimer 2008).