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Adopting a free thought statement

The materials on this page can be used to support your advocacy for adopting a statement of commitment to freedom of thought and expression in your school. You may wish to present the statement below to fellow parents and teachers as well as to your school board and administrators to initiate a discussion about freedom of thought and expression and why these freedoms are critical to a sound education.

List of Schools That Have Adopted the Freedom of Thought Statement

The Board of Education for New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, adopted the statement above in its Plan for Civil Discourse & Critical Thinking within the Annual Plan at its October 19, 2020 meeting.

chicago statement 

The "Chicago Statement" refers to the free speech policy statement produced by the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago. In July of 2014, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs tasked the Committee with "articulating the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community." For more information, please click here.