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Please join Advocates for Academic Freedom (AAF). Membership is free because you and your time are our most valuable assets. Our goals are to assure the academic freedom of all American students, to advocate the development of critical thinking skills in all educational settings, and to facilitate academic environments which respect robust thinking and discussion in all classrooms. To achieve these goals, we will advocate for libraries of federally and state funded schools to provide materials representing a balance of various points of view regarding science, history, social studies, health, and civics classes.

The first step is to assure that every school library contains materials which represent a variety of mainstream social and philosophical view points. Since the library is visited by all students, it provides an immediate visual impact on a student’s perception of the intellectual tone of a school building. If the school library contains reading materials which represent only one side of an issue, students are silenced and subtly “told” to embrace a pre-determined position on most social issues. Therefore, the absence of diversity in print and media resources impedes the development of critical thinking skills and excludes academic freedom for students. To address these concerns, AAF members will begin by placement of materials representing a wide range of approaches to current events in neighborhood high schools and middle schools. Click here to help with our efforts.

PLEASE CONSIDER INVITING AAF TO PROVIDE ONE OF THEIR POWERPOINT SEMINARS. THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF INFORMATION PROVIDED WILL INSPIRE YOUR GROUP. SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS ARE AVAILABLE. CLICK ON THE SEMINAR BUTTON FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 “THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CLASSROOM OF ONE GENERATION WILL BE THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NEXT GENERATION.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS:

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Paul Driftmier commented on Advocates for Academic Freedom, Corp’s note “CONFERENCE SEASON IS A TIME TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSERVATISM IN EDUCATION”.

Paul wrote: “This is excellent. Karen, I want to thank you for inspiring me to get more involved in my children’s state-sponsored educations. As you know, I am a strong advocate of private education. Nonetheless, I am coerced to participate in the socialized, state mandated product of public schools. In the past I just dug in my heels and raged at the machine. but you have influenced me to get involved. Now, I sit on the Governing Council of my kids public charter school. I’m not yet a voting member, being only the Community Representative and the council being stacked with progressives. But I’m keeping my mouth shut and my eyes and ears open and soon I will have gained the knowledge needed to exert my will more and more. On Monday, I attended my first meeting of the Verona Board of Education and, while most of the meeting was mundane, some of it curled my hair. I’ll take your excellent suggestions, above, into my overall plan and thank you very much for writing them down and your time to do so.”

Mark E. Flick

Ms. Schroeder, leader of this group, is one of the first people who befriended m…e on Facebook who I had never met. My temperament, generally, does not engage with others in such a way. Conversely, I am honored to have taken that leap of faith. Any friend of hers is a friend of mine. Her wisdom, talent in articulation, and set of core values and principles are beyond reproach, in my humble opinion. Check out her site.