This comment from Caroline Marohasy represents to me the essence of being a sceptic: A sceptic considers alternatives before making a decision. An opinion will eventually form, but first there will be some reasoning.
A modern education may provide skills in writing and reading, even mathematics, but not necessarily in the ability to reason – especially if the education is value laden.
Notes and Links
The comment from Caroline Marohasy can be found at ‘A Progressive Environmentalist’, http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/2005/04/a-progressive-environmentalist/#comments . The photograph shows Ms Marohasy modeling in Brisbane in 2006. More in this series, and also ‘Defining the Greens’ can be found at http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/tag/philosophy/ – scroll down.