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Critical thinking is not a finite set of practices. We must assist students in assembling a set of reasoned tactics and strategies that will enable them to think critically. They can learn these strategies from each other, from teachers, from published writers, Web designers, filmmakers, linguists, journalists, and others by focusing on the workings of language in specific situations. It is my strong belief that thinking critically begins with the essential, foundational literacy skills integrated into every subject and program area – every day.