Lavielle: Schools Must Give Students the Information They Need to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

HARTFORD -- State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) joined fellow Republican members of the General Assembly's Education Committee June 23 in sending a letter to Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor calling for a full statewide review of Internet use and access policies in Connecticut's public schools.

The letter followed an incident last week in which a student conducting research on a public school computer was blocked from political websites representing one side of the issue he was researching.

"To develop fundamental critical thinking skills, students must have access to an unbiased selection of information and a wide range of viewpoints on key issues," said Rep. Lavielle. "All of my colleagues in the legislature share the goal of providing students with a quality education. I hope we can all work together across the aisle to make sure that other districts aren't restricting access to political or issues-based sites – whatever their perspective – and to implement statewide policies that provide all students access to impartial information. The objective is for students to have the information they need to assess issues objectively and develop their own informed points of view."

The letter to Commissioner Pryor can be found here.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle represents Wilton, Norwalk, and Westport.

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