Texas GOP – We oppose the teaching of critical thinking skills to children

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    http://s3.amazonaws.com/texasgop_pre/assets/original/2012Platform_Final.pdf

    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.

    We pledge our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state.

    Downsizing the Federal Government – We support abolishing all federal agencies whose activities are not specifically enumerated in the Constitution; including the Departments of Education and Energy. W

    We support the privatization of veteran’s healthcare.

    Morning After Pill - We oppose sale and use of the dangerous “Morning After Pill.” (The maker of this pill gives millions to Mitt Romney)

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    The Texas GOP Party Platform is amazing.
     
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    It seems finding the truth has been a goal of mankind since the ancient Greeks, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, created logic. Logic while useful for educated people, it was requirement of universties for years, is probably not useful for average citizens. The other method of finding truths was the scientific method and recently critical thinking was thought to be of some benefit for we average citizens.
    If it is true that some in Texas oppose the teaching of critical thinking it is more evidence that some politicians find an ignorant citizenry more useful. Jefferson insisted that a democracy needsfor educated population. So we continue with a population that some believe the world is flat, the sun orbits the earth and there is a Loch Ness monster. Then again maybe it the fault of the teacher unions?
     
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    Funny, the schools considered the best also have the strongest teachers unions as well as the smallest class size.

    Course trickle down doesn't works and magic isn't science. The right wing just can't seem to get it, well, er, "right".
     
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    can you really teach high order thinking skills?
     
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    It's probably being done in some schools and maybe even in some districts today. If we can teach young people lower order thinking skills why not higher? It doesn't have to be Bloom but something less. The real threat is to parents that do not want their children exposed to other ideas truthful or not, and I would strongly suspect that many a politician also would not like young people to know certain truths. Would Galileo have a hard time in some of America's schools today?
     
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    Too bad Texas is a right to work state and the text books in question were requested by the state school board.
     
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    Teacher unions???????????????????????????????????????????///
     
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    The point is simply this: Basic schooling should be focused on the transmission of INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE. Teach the kids how to read & write competently, how to do math, history, geography, civics, basic science, maybe a foreign language.

    All of this is tangible information, the learning of which can be measured. It is also tedious and requires real work from both the teachers and the students. How tedious!

    But lazy teachers (whom teachers unions classically represent) would rather teach "learning skills," and "critical thinking," and "problem solving abilities," which are not tangible or measurable, and provide "cover' to lazy and incompetent teachers.

    The product of "Outcome Based Education" and bullshit programs like that has been a couple generations of students who know very little, but have extraordinary (and totally unjustified) levels of "self esteem." They really feel good about themselves academically, but for no good reason.

    Critical thinking and higher-order problem solving are appropriate for college, but should be based on a foundation of knowledge of tangible information and facts and abilities.

    I think the Texas legislature is on the right track.
     
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    When liberals use the term critical thinking it doesn't mean critical thinking. What it means is critical thinking to come to a predetermined outcome. If critical thinking has any other result, it's not only a failure to use critical thinking, it's not thinking at all.
     
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    You almost gotta admire the reverse psychology of the left. The left absolutely hated Bush's "no child left behind" agenda because the poor union teachers would be ....gasp....held responsible for the education (or lack of it) of kids. Everyone saw union teachers in Wisconsin call in sick to riot in the state capital and lefties loved it. Barry Hussein came out with a downright creepy plan of establishing a "corps of master teachers" with a billion dollars of taxpayer money and the left loves it because Barry and the boys tell them to love it. There is no solution to the radical leftie plan to throw taxpayer money at a problem and hope it goes away except throwing the rascals out in November.
     

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