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The James Randi Educational Foundation Announces a New Education Advisory Panel!

Posted by mattusmaximus on November 2, 2010

I’m very happy to announce that one of the largest & most active skeptical organizations out there – the James Randi Educational Foundation (also known as the JREF) – has formally put together an education advisory panel. Allow me to reference their blog post announcing the panel, and allow me to further toot my own horn a bit, because I’m on the panel!🙂

Before referring you to the official JREF announcement, let me first say that I’m perfectly willing to entertain any and all feedback on issues related to education and the JREF. After all, that’s why I’m on the advisory panel – so my email inbox is open…


The James Randi Educational Foundation announces formation of Education Advisory Panel

Written by Michael Blanford
Monday, 01 November 2010 15:16

The James Randi Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of a new education advisory panel. The JREF’s mission includes educating the public and the media with reliable information about the paranormal, the supernatural, and the pseudoscientific, while promoting critical thinking as a tool for making reasoned and reliable decisions about such unproven claims. The JREF is committed to expanding the impact of its educational programs through innovation and a focus on effectiveness and accessibility. We think this new educational advisory panel, which will focus primarily on the JREF’s K-12 educational initiatives, will be a valuable tool to help us better achieve our mission.

The panel will be made up of individuals with broad experience in areas at the intersection of skepticism, critical thinking, and education. Its primary function will be to provide the foundation’s president and director of educational programs with informed opinions and recommendations related to the JREF’s efforts in the educational arena, focusing on resources for teachers to advance critical thinking in their classroom. …

3 Responses to “The James Randi Educational Foundation Announces a New Education Advisory Panel!”

  1. Elsa said

    This sounds like a terrific project. As a college prof, in each and every class I see the lack of critical thinking skills, belief that all opinions are equal and who are we to judge. So both in the areas of pseudo-science and also the everyday, anything that encourages people to learn the value of critical thinking is a plus. Here, “educating the public and the media with reliable information about the paranormal, the supernatural, and the pseudoscientific, while promoting critical thinking as a tool for making reasoned and reliable decisions about such unproven claims”.

    I see that there’s a long road ahead. My students – bright, motivated – do not want to look at evidence, even about culture, religion and opinion. Everything is equal – with no regard to facts. So the more one can make inroads against anti-thinking and anti-looking, the better.

    In fact, it’s my students who gave me a huge push toward starting The Idea Emporium – which favors good thinking on any topic.

  2. KSturgess said

    Hi Matt – have zipped you an email about posting the whole article – perhaps just quoting the start and a link is best, considering both the copyright of content and the importance of indexing via Google? Congrats to us all though!🙂

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