Critical Thinking Reflection
University of Phoenix
1. How can we reduce poverty in the United States? I believe applying the problem solving tip 4 which encourages the use of empathy to solving a problem can help reduce the poverty rate (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007, p. 306). It can be used to help the government adopt the philosophy that anyone willing to work should have a job. As a result, more employers will learn to empathize with individuals who might be ex-convicts, high-school dropouts or mentally incompetent. The government should also serve as the last resort. I understand that for all the personal freedoms our country gives comes with responsibilities that every citizen must accept. However, our minds don’t always think logically to make good decisions. Especially when so many factors like enculturation and self-concept influencing our thinking (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007).
1. How does the process of critical thinking you used relate to or differ from the process you used to find content for your answer? Both processes help me generate a list of critical questions I needed to answer before I could arrive a solution to the problem. Asking these questions allowed me to take a more active role in the critical thinking process (Browne & Keeley, 2012). The most critical question was why is poverty still a problem in the United States after government programs like unemployment insurance, cash assistance, and Earned Income Tax were created to help reduce the poverty rate? I don’t think that these programs are ineffective but they only seem to provide a balm for the problem. I believe if we as Americans change the way we view those living below the poverty line, we can begin to create programs that get and keep people out of poverty.
2. How can you use critical thinking in other areas? I believe that I need to use critical thinking strategies more in my home...