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More e-mail communication from Dr. Elder and The Foundation for Critical Thinking. I have read the bill and the petition is worth signing.


Letter from the President

July 7th, 2015


Dear Critical Thinking Colleagues:


Yesterday I informed you that we are working to influence Congress in bringing a robust conception of critical thinking across teaching and learning at all levels.

Now is the time for those of us concerned with bringing critical thinking into our schools to call our Senators and Representatives in the House, and ask them to support critical thinking in our schools. See our policy recommendation below.

Here are links to contact information for both the House and Senate:

US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

You will find below our full report to Congress, which focuses on the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177 (Title 2 – Professional Development). This bill is currently being debated in Congress, since the Senate Education Committee has just released their No Child Left Behind revisions in this bill. Our recommendation was also sent to Congress for the Student Success Act, H.R.5 (Title 2 – Professional Development).


Here is our policy recommendation. (You may simply read this aloud to your Senators and House Representatives, or re-craft in your own voice):


Throughout education, we need to advance a robust framework for critical thinking that can ultimately contribute to the development of critical societies. We ask Congress to support critical thinking in our schools through the following recommended language – to be included in both the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177 (Title 2 – Professional Development) and in the Student Success Act, H.R.5 (Title 2 – Professional Development).


It has long been established that American students have a fundamental right to education in our democratic society and that fostering critical thinking is essential to developing a thoughtful and skilled citizenry.  Research into critical thinking shows that though most teachers believe they are fostering critical thinking in their instruction, very little substantive critical thinking is actually being fostered in the typical American school on a typical class day. We therefore strongly recommend that elementary and secondary schools advance robust critical thinking through the professional development moneys provided through this bill. Teachers should learn, as a matter of course, to infuse critical thinking into their instruction at all levels and in all subjects across the school, district and state.


Critical thinking is the foundation for all subjects. We strongly recommend that  professional development funding be recommended for training teachers in critical thinking, no matter the discipline.


Please click here to sign our petition.
I will keep you apprised of further developments with these bills and let you know how you might continue to support critical thinking in our schools at all levels.


All best,

Linda Elder


Dr. Linda Elder
Educational Psychologist
President and Senior Fellow
Foundation for Critical Thinking

707.878.9111 (fax)

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.