Critical Thinking – Life skills notes KNEC


Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to think through a situation correctly, assessing the advantages and disadvantages so as to be able to make appropriate decisions concerning one’s course of action.

We are confronted by multiple and contradictory issues, messages, expectations and demands. We need therefore to be able to critically analyze situations and challenges and confront them. This involves weighing options and making rational decisions. It requires an inquisitive mind instead of accepting things at a face value

Some Situations that require critical thinking

  • Peer pressure influence
  • Media influence
  • Internal conflicts
  • Arguments
  • Educational matters

Evaluating ideas and issues objectively

  • Weighing options
  • Making rational choices

Consequences of making decisions before thinking critically

  • Possibility of falling victim to:
  • HIV infection
  • Drug and substance abuse
  • Unplanned pregnancies
  • Early marriages
  • Physical and psychological abuse

Values associated with critical thinking

  • Tolerance
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Simplicity
  • Humility

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