College life brings independence and with the independence many more challenges are brought into context. Many activities need to be handled by self. Academic competition is intense, and students are expected to excel and manage peer pressures and social life at the same time. In giving much independence and lesser rules it could be said that it offers lesser guidance as well. Amidst this context, college academics expect one to think differently. An essay is expected to reflect critical analysis, connect theoretical concepts to real life situations at an end. In another personal opinion and applications, one understood that in real life it might be rejected. In this context, for the student to grow and improve in college life, it is essential for them to both self-examine themselves, their beliefs and opinions and at the same time it caters to the demands of the academic work. Only critical thinking can help them here.
Students have to engage in critical thinking in their higher education. They should not just use assimilated facts to structure their thinking instead they should adopt different perspectives with those facts. They have to actively engage in critical thinking and have to be open and skeptical with facts. The critical reader has to reconsider everything. As the author of Rereading America states, the critical reader would even take into account the title and consider how an ethnocentric view is being presented in the title. The ability to make these perceptions will vary between students based on their culture. Culture is what defines the student, what they are and how they would make sense of the things around them.
There are many cultural myths associated with the growth of a person and they define how the person connected with another. The myths although not true are a very strong part of our cultural make up. They provide the models of people’s value systems and their form of thinking as well. Now in this context, it is necessary for students to think beyond their cultural systems. Some students might dream about the right lie in the United States as part of the American dream and others might prize individual achievement more. The American society in fact is focused on individual achievement and gives more importance to this aspect. Some of the more commonly associated myths are also in the context of gender, competitive activity and social relationships. In critical thinking a person will over time understand how cultural myths will impede their thinking, but firstly they have to overcome the barriers that cultural myths might impose on their thinking to reach such a point.