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Chapter 5 JoutnalThinking Critically: The Basis of a College EducationThe most important skill you will learn in college is the abilityand confidenceto think for yourself.Purpose of a college education: to liberate your mind from biases, superstitions, prejudices, and lack ofknowledge so that you’ll be in a better position to seek answers to difficult questions.I. What Is Critical Thinking and Why Is itImportant·Critical Thinkingisnot. . . negative or harsh ·Critical thinking is:(1)thoughtful consideration of information andideas(2)the ability to think for yourself(3)the ability to responsibly make decisions that affect your life·Paul and Elder (National Council forExcellence in Critical Thinking)said . . . .“critical thinking is that mode of thinking about any subject, content, or problem in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinkingby skillfully . . . imposing intellectual standards upon his or her thoughts.” “. . . much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced.”·Yet . . . the quality of our life depends on the quality of our thoughts.Don’t be a shoddy thinker . . .