The Texas GOP platform officially has opposed critical thinking since 2012.
... The Republican Party of Texas opposes critical thinking. ... it's part of their official platform.
"Knowledge-Based Education – 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."
Other gems include:
– Trying juveniles as adults
– Repealing the minimum wage
– Opposition to red light cameras (because if you run a red, kill someone, and there's no witnesses, was the light ever really red?)
– Oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, because firms should be able to fire people for what they consider "sinful and sexually immoral behavior." Like, say, growing a beard?
Since we're just a few states away from throwing out the constitution entirely in favor of a GOP wish-list theocracy, don't laugh. Critical thinking skills could become illegal in the new "Great" America they want, if we all sit on our hands.
This sadly isn't news. Aron Ra was talking about the issue of the Texas GOP and critical thinking years ago. If I find his specific statement about it, I'll post it.
"We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills ... critical thinking skills and similar programs that ... have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs ---"
Isn't that the very purpose of education?
"--- and undermining parental authority."
Ditto, if the parents are mired in ignorance!
Since we're just a few states away from throwing out the Constitution entirely in favor of a GOP wish-list theocracy...
I read yesterday (sorry, don't have the link handy) that many Republican legislators actually attended a practice run for a constitutional convention last year. The posting pointed out that the greatest danger of 37 Republican-controlled state legislatures unilaterally rewriting the Constitution is that they could eliminate Article V, eliminating any (explicit Constitutional) way to amend their shiny new theocratic Constitution short of a successful revolution.
Ruth, you inspired me to look at California's 2016 GOP platform.
A quick search on "education" found nothing as crazy as the Texas platform but the party does want to free Californians to discriminate against LBGT students.
However, the Party does have evil designs on capitalism. Get the second sentence below.
The truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” That truth rejects the dark view of the individual as human capital — a possession for the creation of another’s wealth.