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Own Your Education!: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) by Megan Stone

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10. Critical Thinking: How Do You Own It?

“That person is a problem solver....She can get it done.” Do people say that about you? Don’t you want to be a person who can fix your situation instead of feeling helpless? Critical thinking is essential in controlling the outcome of your life.

Jordan’s history instructor posts the question for the final assignment, and Jordan is stumped. It reads: “How should society balance the need for tolerance with the need to protect itself?” Jordan immediately asks his instructor, “What does that mean? What society? What kind of tolerance?” His instructor explains that after a full year in world history, learning about immigration, societal development, national security, personal freedoms, and democracy, the ...

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