Becoming a Critical Thinker
Click on the image of Thomas Jefferson to access thought provoking quotations.
Select a quotation. Evaluate it and decide whether you agree or disagree with the quotation and explain the reason why. What is the premise assumed by the author of the quotation? Is the premise based on correct principles?
Unfortunately, most American believe what they've been taught in school and what is presented to them in the media is true . A critical thinker studies the evidence and then draws a reasonable conclusion based on the facts
Those who accept government propaganda make it possible for financial elite to exploit the masses for the benefit of Wall Street bankers and corporations. This website was created for those who would like to become critical thinkers.
To be an effective teachers one should ask his or her students probing questions that require them to think and respond, while giving evidence to support their conclusion. The student should also determine where the author of the quote got his or her idea.
This quotation assumes that only when a people know and their natural rights and responsibilities can they remain free.
This quote also assumes that the principles of the Declaration of Independence are the foundation of our government and that the government was created to secure the lives, liberty and property of the people.
The people can not remain free unless they are unwilling to hold their government officials accountable for violating their rights and the Constitution.
This quotation emphasizes that with individual rights come the responsibility to know and understand the principles of liberty in order to remain free.
The validity of this quote rests on the assumption that the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence are true and that people and that those who don't understand their rights are no better off than those who have no rights.