The following is the content of an email message sent to e by Dr. Linda Elder, president and senior fellow of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. While I am a Canadian, federal bill S.1177 is an initiative of the United States’ government. I share it here in hope that it may reach some who can influence it.
Letter from the President
July 6th, 2015
Dear Critical Thinking Colleagues:
We are working toward bringing an emphasis on critical thinking into federal legislation – both in K-12 schooling and in higher education. Last month, I met with 21 legislative assistants, both in the Senate and House of Representations, to discuss the essential need for the federal government to support critical thinking in our schools. The No Child Left Behind legislation for K-12 schooling has not been reauthorized since 2007. The Senate will convene tomorrow (July 7) to consider adopting Bill S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (which would in essence reauthorize the current No Child Left Behind bill, with suggested modifications from the Senate education committee).
Please join our efforts to influence this legislation by calling and asking your US Senators to support critical thinking through the professional development funds they authorize in this act. Tomorrow or Wednesday I will email you a final copy of our proposal to congress. The best immediate action is to call your Senators now – tomorrow if possible – and let them know you want to see critical thinking in Bill S.1177, and that you hope the Federal Government will support critical thinking professional development for all teachers in K-12 education now. See the list of contact information for US Senators at this link:http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
There are still two days to register for our upcoming complimentary Academic Webinar this Wednesday, July 8th, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern). The theme is also our upcoming conference theme: “Cultivating World Justice and Freedom of Thought Through Educational and Social Reform.”
It isn’t too late to join us in person for the world’s oldest conference on critical thinking – the35th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform, (July 25-30 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Berkeley, CA) We look forward to hosting Dr. Daniel Ellsberg as this year’s Bertrand Russell Distinguished Scholar.
Book your hotel room by this Thursday for our block rate – DoubleTree Hotel. (Our room block closes after Thursday).
If you are unable to join us in person for the conference, you may attend the conference via webcast. These sessions that will be available through webcast during the conference:
- Bringing Critical Thinking into the Heart of Teaching and Learning.
- Helping Students Come to Understand Content as a Mode of Thinking.
- Employing Socratic Questioning as a Means to Cultivating the Intellect & Freeing the Mind.
- Understanding the Inherent Barriers to Freedom of Thought and the Emancipated Mind
Thank you for your contributions to a more fairminded, critical global community.
Dr. Linda Elder
President and Senior Fellow
Foundation for Critical Thinking
For 35 years, the Foundation for Critical Thinking has been working toward the advancement of fairminded critical societies. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking–thinking which embodies intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity and intellectual responsibility.____________________