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Italicizations are mine but underlines are hers. Questions for Critical Thinkers Summary: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. In it, he discusses the implications of cultural biases, in particular how it applies to the new college student.
Critical thinkers cannot let information go unexamined, but to fully and honestly examine it, unconscious biases and long-held schemas must be dismantled.
Through his honest examination of American society, Colombo challenges college students to think critically, eliminate biases, and reexamine cultural myths.
Colombo recognizes that college for the new student, and even for the experienced student, can be isolating, confusing, and difficult.
Professors not only assign more work but expect entirely different ways of learning than for what the public school has prepared xem.
The strategies of memorization and regurgitation required for high school courses are no longer adequate or even applicable, and even the most organized and motivated student may struggle with the sudden chaotic shift in environment and information.
Xe will have to reexamine xemself, xeir relationships, and xeir ways of looking at the world. For example, the title of the anthology, Rereading America: But America is a continent, not a country, and is not just inhabited by US citizens; bicultural or non-US readers would catch this generalization right away [nicely articulated].
But so too should the critical thinker, even one who has lived in the US all xeir life.
The critical thinker asks questions and comes up with xeir own ideas. Culture permeates every aspect of life. From birth everyone is exposed non-stop to cultural myths and orders, until cultural biases seem natural, and everything else perverse or backwards.
The most basic schemas and ways of thinking are influenced far more by culture and experience than by personality and genetics.
Schemas facilitate rapid understanding, but also restrict critical thinking. They allow people to categorize and identify new information quickly but force the world into superficial dichotomies: Personal experience can clash with these harsh divisions, and honest review of cultural myths often reveals inconsistent and paradoxical views.
Questioning new and old information is key to both. It seems ironic that it is then pushed aside and devalued in our curriculum, possibly to make time to teach high-level trigonometry without a calculator a lesson I have been assured will be absolutely vital to any career choice I could possibly make [: While the deconstruction of cultural myths that Colombo discusses is certainly an important endeavor, critical thinking need not only be applied to so personal and invisible a topic.
In my personal life, I have found critical thought necessary not only for my exploration of social justice but also for my hobbies of reading history and fiction. Many people seem to believe that the only requirement for being a good person is simply saying they are.
On the other hand, problematic thinking and behavior will consider itself included. The sad truth is, society and the cultural myths it imposes are inescapable, and fighting them is an active, messy, violent process. History is often perceived as a boring, cut-and-dry, names-and-numbers subject, and I receive a lot of strange looks for labeling myself a history geek.
They just found Richard III buried in a parking lot. And do you even realize how vital salt was to the development of the Eurasian world? History, perhaps more than any subject, requires critical thinking. Nothing is certain, and everything is subjective.
Entire careers are devoted to studying the ways that our current cultural myths and biases influence our perception of the past. Archaeologists imposed modern gender roles on fossils of Homo habilis, our genetic ancestor who lived 2.
Common sense at the time made it seem obvious that male H. Even in more recent history, details remain unclear and large gaps in our knowledge glare at us from the pages. It seems more than likely, but it is impossible to say for sure, and psychological profiling suggests that such a tyrannical move may have been beyond him.
Historians cannot accept anything at face value, even when circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. If Philippa Langley and Dr. Critical thought is vital in ensuring that interpretation of history is properly examined and uninfluenced by modern biases.
Literature and stories are the easiest things to apply critical thinking to, perhaps because it is the easiest application to teach and measure in schools.Gary Colombo’s “Thinking Critically, Challenging Cultural Myths” was written as the introduction to the anthology Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing.
In it, he discusses the implications of cultural biases, in particular how it applies to the new college student. "Thinking Critically, Challenging Cultural Myths" is an introduction for the textbook, Reading America 8th edition, Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing published by Bedford/St.
Martin's and edited by Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Thinking Critically Challenging Cultural Myths Gary Colombo Works Cited. Interpreting and understanding myths depend on an individual’s personal views, beliefs, and ideas.
With that in mind, the myth regarding the nuclear family and the myth of education and empowerment are all interpreted differently and argued, for and against, . Rereading America: cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing.
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