We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I always assumed the term applied to skeptical logical testing of ideas, but it looks like it's morphed into something more like a constant privilege-checking: "critical" in the sense of the "fearless moral inventory" of AA, but in the SJW context.
Critical thinking is how one outmaneuvers the other side. One can't critically think for any practical purposes until one knows the forum, the arbiter of truth, the rules of the game and the purposes of the argument. One's got to understand formal logic (using and spotting errors, using flawed reasoning when you can), how to appeal to specific audiences, how to read behind the other side's contentions.
I don't know why anyone would be concerned about fairness, when in the world outside academia or the internet, results are what matters. Everything else is just gassing.
SJWs are total bullshit. Who cares what they "demand". Let them burn down their schools if that's what they want.
It's an attempt by educators to short-cut learning. They look at what reasonable people are (theoretically) able to do as thinking adults, and teach that to children directly. It sounds like a clever hack into the brain to teach wisdom, balance, reason, skepticism.
It has one slight drawback: it doesn't work that way.
Assistant Village Idiot
I'll fall back on three favorite old sayings, which perhaps indicates a modest capacity for critical discernment rather than some vaunted talent for critical thinking:
1) "Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out, but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time." AE Housman
2) "Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains." Thos Carlyle
3) "There is no method but to be very intelligent." TS Eliot
If you care -- if you concentrate -- if you can swing the bat without grinding it into sawdust -- you might not be wrong one third of the time.
But I too want the impossible: a universal problem-solving algorithm that simultaneously opens creative vistas, a magical logic machine that transcends mere rules to unfold hidden necessities, and all upon my command, that is, something objective that only I can call my own -- the true arcanum, the philosopher's stone that obviates the need for thought.
Yeah, what I really need is not to have sh*t for brains. Back to Housman:
"To be a textual critic requires aptitude for thinking and willingness to think; and though it also requires other things, those things are supplements and cannot be substitutes. Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders and brains, not pudding, in your head."