It seemed like something that my teachers just expected us to pick up in the course of our studies.
While I venture that a lot of us did learn it, I prefer to approach learning deliberately, and so I decided to investigate critical thinking for myself.
Given the current political environment (at least in the United States), it seems like many of us could stand to sharpen our critical thinking skills a bit.
And for the average lifelong learner, of course, good critical thinking skills are essential for cutting through the noise created by the Web and other media channels and getting to resources that are actually trustworthy and accurate.
“This educational web site provides over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills.” Link: A key reason to embrace critical thinking is that it helps you to be a better citizen – of your community, of your country, and of the world.
This is a helpful infographic from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation (also included below) nicely sums up some of the most important skills.
And now that I’m in college, my professors often mention that the ability to think through and solve difficult problems matters more in the “real world” than specific content.
Despite hearing so much about critical thinking all these years, I realized that I still couldn’t give a concrete definition of it, and I certainly couldn’t explain how to do it.
But you’re reading College Info Geek, so I’m sure you’re interested to know why critical thinking matters in college.
Here’s why: According to Andrew Roberts, author of , but it’s unlikely to be the place you desire.