"Thinking critically - reflecting on the assumptions underlying our and others' ideas and actions, and contemplating alternative ways of thinking and living - is one of the important ways in which we become adults. When we think critically, we come to our judgments, choices and decisions for ourselves, instead of letting others do this on our behalf. We refuse to relinquish the responsibility for making the choices that determine our individual and collective futures to those who presume to know what is in our best interests. We become actively engaged in creating our personal and social worlds."

S.D. Brookfield, Developing Critical Thinkers