posted on Mar, 10 2016 @ 07:40 AM
College did wonders for me personally. When I went to High School, I was taught to write down what the teacher said, memorize what was in the
textbooks, and regurgitate all of that on the tests. I was an A student, because I was good at memorizing. But I wasn't taught how to really think
about things or how to analyze things.
I remember my American History class in my freshman year of college. I wrote extensive notes during the lectures, and I read the textbook and
highlighted and memorized key points. When taking the essay exams, I dutifully regurgitated all the memorized facts just as I had always done in High
School, yet I was getting C scores. I couldn't understand it. The professor would write comments on my exam, like "so what?", or "what was the
importance of this?" It took me a long, agonizing time to understand that he wanted more than just the facts. He wanted me to analyze the facts and
come up with some kind of conclusion or theory of my own - AKA - critical thinking. Took me a while, but I finally got it. That critical thinking
skill has done me very well in all my jobs as well as in my personal life.
Is it possible to develop critical thinking skills without going to college? Maybe, but it would probably take a lot longer.