A Discussion on the Issue of the Lack of Critical Thinking in Adolescents

Emily half-heartedly attends school, comes home, turns on the computer and mindlessly browses Facebook, Youtube, and other social media sites for hours while feasting on a microwaveable dinner. Every day is the same, relentless drill. This is the overarching picture of the next generation of young Americans. Because they lack critical thinking, mindless activities tend to take advantage of their precious time and energy, signaling that our next generation will be one of clueless, unproductive individuals. However, there is one savior, and that is higher education beyond high school. While most American teenagers tend to be like Emily, most of them do decide to pursue a college education, a path that breaks the cycle of this mindlessness and transitions them to maturity and adulthood.

In the article “The Difference between High School and College,” Jack Meiland says that college education brings about new types of intellectual work in the lives of young adults on an unparalleled level. These new intellectual experiences, he says, are what truly defines a “higher” education and is what makes us contributive and effective individuals in society. In college we typically are exposed to thinking rationally, independently, and clearly – all parts of critical thinking. It brings us to a higher level of mental state and effectively enriches our lives by introducing complex levels of analysis, processing, concentration, and abstraction. Because critical thinking bridges the gap to adulthood, determines career success, and fosters societal change, it should be preserved as the most important purpose of higher education.

When we are young, we’re naïve yet also curious about the world around us. Our introduction to concepts, beliefs, and morals are dictated by those closest to us; family, closest friends, and teachers tell us what to believe and help differentiate between the bad and the good. We take their word for it based on their power over us and our dependence on them. Youngsters, who do not have the mental capability to analyze and interpret ideas and arguments are introduced to this world through factual information and assumed truths. According to Meiland, this type of learning is based on a “position of authority.” Most of what we learn as youngsters are presented in an “authoritative manner – almost as if they were absolutely and eternally true” (Meiland 3).

For example, children can learn and then assume that it is wrong do discriminate based on race and sex, but fail to grasp bigger concepts of human rights and ethics. From elementary school to high school in a public setting, these lessons are taught through memorization of facts, ideas, and techniques. This kind of learning and approach receives a harsh barrier in the environment of a higher education. Many, if not all institutions of higher learning make a commitment to introduce learning that includes critical thinking, or “critical examination and evaluation”(Meiland 4). Unlike before, this not a technique that can be memorized; rather, it is a way of life that affords an open but critical mindset in looking at the world. Higher education makes it clear that the beliefs we hold are only one set of beliefs subjective to us that attempt to explain the truth. People hold a multitude of differing beliefs, so in thinking critically we should not take each one at face value, but by its merits or ideas, arguments, and evidence.

Most importantly, critical thinking teaches not to judge based on prejudice or personal emotional factors. In doing so, critical thinking in a setting of higher education will help us transform the way we view the world by promoting excellence in thought; questioning and looking at all beliefs objectively and evaluating them is a catalyst for rational development. In accepting critical thinking as a way of life, young adults can finally learn to think for themselves and be independent.

Besides aiding in the transition to adulthood, critical thinking also comes to determine career success. Many view college education solely for the purpose of attaining a specific pool of knowledge, earning a degree, and at last landing a job with a decent paycheck. Higher education, however, is about much more than the sole purpose of employment and that first substantial job. It impacts the decisions and paths that we take throughout our careers.

As of today, we can see that the number of jobs that require following step-by-step instructions is dwindling. Ever since the end of World War II, the service sector of the United States has been growing, while jobs that require hard labor like those in manufacturing are disappearing and moving into developing countries because of rising domestic standards of living (Fuchs 13). How can one measure their ability to perform if jobs no longer require physical stamina and performance? One large factor in determining a person’s aptitude and ability in the service sector is their mental capability. For example, careers in marketing, finance, health, and industrial design all require critical thinking. Namely, to be a competitive individual in these areas one must be able to creatively analyze, evaluate, and conceptualize problems and solutions.

At the University of the Pacific, Dr. Jim Uchizono of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy proposed various situations in which critical thinking is required during a career as a pharmacist. He asked if students would risk their career when they are already in financial debt to step in and intervene on a patient’s behalf to protect his or her life against the policy of an employer. The question to potentially save a patient’s life versus saving your own financial one is a dilemma that requires careful thought about ethics and human rights. Going against authority and refusing a patient a drug that may fatally impact them is honorable and ethical. Realistically, however, Dr. Uchizono said that most people would be too concerned in saving themselves and their careers over someone else’s life. Besides being required to be competitive in the workforce, situations such as these require critical thinking to make the best and most rational decision.

Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with MyhomeworkGeeks
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
Business and administrative studies
Thank you
Customer 452773, March 19th, 2023
Customer 452591, March 18th, 2021
10th grade English
very good
Customer 452773, March 26th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
excellent work
Customer 452773, March 9th, 2023
excellent job
Customer 452773, August 12th, 2023
Criminal Justice
The paper was not accused of plagiarism and was written very well. I will let you know the grade once it is graded. Thank you
Customer 452671, April 26th, 2021
Leadership Studies
awesome work as always
Customer 452773, August 19th, 2023
Leadership Studies
excellent job
Customer 452773, August 3rd, 2023
Impressive writing
Customer 452547, February 6th, 2021
excellent job made a 93
Customer 452773, March 22nd, 2023
Business and administrative studies
Thank you for your hard work and effort. Made a 96 out of 125 points Lacked information from the rubic
Customer 452773, October 27th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
always perfect work and always completed early
Customer 452773, February 21st, 2023
Customer reviews in total
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
Customers referred by a friend
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat

Sometimes it is hard to do all the work on your own

Let us help you get a good grade on your paper. Get professional help and free up your time for more important courses. Let us handle your;

  • Dissertations and Thesis
  • Essays
  • All Assignments

  • Research papers
  • Terms Papers
  • Online Classes
Live ChatWhatsApp