That is not to suggest that education directly correlates to being a critical thinker. More than anything, these days education criteria is influenced by the combination of corporations and the market. An argument often being made suggests that universities have been transformed from educational institutions primarily focused on promoting higher learning into "glorified trade schools", most of which have become more concerned with notions of preparing for a consumer culture and the common workplace organizational structure, instead of focusing on teaching future leaders of the free world how to utilize the analytical thinking skills that come with establishing basic principles of logic and general science literacy.
Science journalist, commentator, and author of three books including, "Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future", Chris Mooney stated in his June 27, 2010 article for the Washington post, "If scientists want to educate the public, they should start by listening",
As it appears on the Skeptic website, Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton wonderfully stated the following in the classical skeptical activism entitled, "Where Do We Go From Here?",
"If it’s weird and testable in principle, then it’s fair game".
Skeptical Activism: Fight Fraud & Pseudoscience!
There are as many ways to “be a skeptic” as there are individual skeptics. For some, the value of the community of skeptics is community itself; for others, it is the opportunity for reflection and self-improvement, while for others, it is an area of purely academic interest.
And then, there are skeptics who see themselves as part of a movement. For those people, skepticism is a mission: an organized effort to discover reality, to expose fraud — and to help people. "
Because in a world full of bad information in the media, on the Internet, and all of the distorted views of pseudoscience being peddled, it can be rather difficult to discern what is actually credible information, even for veteran skeptics. So, this is where it becomes evident that the importance of being able to utilize principles of reason and logic to think critically, not only empowers individuals, but also serves as protection from believing something that is simply not true.
As kids, most of us bombard our parents with enough questions to drive them crazy, but as we grow up and go through adolescence, we begin to start formulating more solid beliefs about the world or how we perceive it to be, and somewhere along the way, we begin to stop questioning things. But in my case, I guess that I never really ever grew completely out of that phase because as soon as I went to college, I began challenging every professor, textbook, and any fallacious argument in classroom discussion, while most were starting to solidify their own principles of reason based upon all of their personal biases acquired up to that point, instead of following Descartes advise, De Omnibus Dubitandum!!!