Charles Temple, professor of education, and three colleagues affiliated with the International Reading Association began the International Reading Association’s “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking” program (RWCT) in Romania in 1996. It is now funded by the Open Society Institute, coordinated by the International Reading Association, and operated in conjunction with the national Soros Foundation in 30 countries, mostly former soviet bloc countries, including Bosnia, Kazakstan, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, but including others such as Thailand, Pakistan, and Guatamala. Temple is one of four project directors. Staffed by 70 volunteer teacher educators representing 60 colleges and universities from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K., the project promotes effective teaching in schools from primary through university.
Temple was quoted in the Dec. 10 Christian Science Monitor story “Critical thinking in the former Soviet bloc”. The RWCT students range from elementary school teachers to college physics professors. Most participants teach language and the humanities, but the program will instruct teachers from any discipline in which learning from a book is the norm – including driver's education, said Temple.