1. Care that their beliefs be true, and that their decisions
be justified; that is, care to "get it right" to the extent possible. A critical thinker
a. seeks alternative hypotheses, explanations, conclusions, plans, sources, etc.,
and be open to them.
b. endorses a position
to the extent thatit is justified by the information
that is available.
c. is well informed.
2. Care to present a position honestly and clearly, theirs as well as
others'. A critical thinker
is clear about the intended meaning of what is said, written, or otherwise communicated,
seeking as much precision as the situation requires.
determines, and maintains focus on, the conclusion or question at hand.
seeks and offer reasons.
d. takes into
account the total situation.
e. is reflectively
aware of their own basic beliefs.
3. Care about the dignity and worth of every person. A critical thinker
a. discovers and listens to others' view and
b. avoids intimidating or confusing
others with their critical thinking prowess, taking into account others' feelings
and level of understanding.
c. is concerned
about others' welfare.