Monday, July 2, 2012

Don't Teach Your Children How to Think

This bit has been spreading around the Internet in past few days, and it's a stunner:
The 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform, adopted June 9 at the state convention in Forth Worth, seems to take a stand against, well, the teaching of critical thinking skills. Read it for yourself:
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
As a top commenter on a Reddit thread wrote about the language, "I was absolutely sure this had to be an elaborate fake ... ." It's not.
According to various reports, the Texas Republican Party also recommends abstinence-only sex education, corporal punishment in schools, and opposition to mandatory preschool or kindergarten, saying that parents are the best providers of early childhood education.

Talking Points Memo contacted the Texas Republican Party and were told that the language included in the platform "was not the intent of the subcommittee," but that they cannot correct it until 2014. Looks like the Texas Republicans could use a little critical-thinking training themselves.

A recent Texas Republican role model.

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