Texas Republican Party Platform calls for "No More Teaching of Critical Thinking" in Public Schools

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 11th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Republicans in Texas do not want young people there to be educated. They want them to be indoctrinated, and they make no bones about it.

Kids, don't you dare think

I know. You think I'm putting you on. But I'm not. It's really true. The Republican Party of Texas has issued its 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform. The document states that when it comes to critical thinking: "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 re-labeling 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." (Italics mine)

Apparently, Texas Republicans are worried that students might think for themselves, might question authority, might rebel, might disobey, might even foment a revolution!
God forbid.

Other interesting positions of the party

The platform of course calls for teaching creationism (the belief that God created the world 6000 years ago) on a par with evolution, and presenting evolution as theory. And it doesn't stop there. What follows is a partial list of the document's content:

For - Abstinence-only sex education
For - Trying all juveniles as adults
For - An emphasis on faith-based drug rehabilitation
For - A flat-rate income tax
For - Repeal of the minimum wage
For - No questions asked support of Israel. Quoting the document verbatim: "Our policy is based on God's promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel..."

Opposed - to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Opposed - to homosexuals and homosexuality in the military
Opposed - to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, because employers should be able to fire people for what they consider "sinful or homosexual behavior."
Opposed - to ACORN (Acorn has not existed since 2010)

Danny Weil, writing about this subject in Truthout.org, says that "Reactionaries have long known that enshrining ignorance and hierarchy in both thought and practice within the school curriculum is essential if the control of young minds is to be accomplished....In the quarters of obedience training, 'education' has nothing to do with 'schooling'..." Weil further asserts that "This is not only a telling moment for a complex empire in spiraling decline, but also a frightening moment, for we can see evolution transformed into devolution and schools converted into the supernatural rabbit holes that lead to Alice-in-Wonderland gated communities of ignorance governed by a chilling hierarchy of totalitarianism and fear."

George Carlin left us too soon

Comedian and social critic George Carlin died at the age of seventy-one two years ago. I for one miss him very much, because he had a way of putting his finger on the pulse of truth every time he stood up to speak. In regard to educating children, Carlin was poles away from the Texas Republican party.

Carlin on education: "Don't just teach your children to read...teach them to question what they read, teach them to question everything."

Links:
Misbehave in a Texas Public School and You May End Up in Jail

Perry and Carlin photos from wikimedia commons
Texas Textbook photo from truthout.org

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
11th Jul 2012 (#)

The really frightening thing is that those folks think that thought is a really dangerous thing...After all, it would interfere with the pride they have in categorical ignorance.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jul 2012 (#)

You got that right David.

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author avatar Denise O
11th Jul 2012 (#)

You can raise a child in a home and have them 'still' be critical (and intelligent) thinkers. Yes, us folks that believe in God (Christians) should question everything, it is told to us by God, for us to gain knowledge. If we do not question and see what is out there, when do we know what the truth is, for us? If my child went to a christian/religious school I would expect them to be indoctrined in the word of God, Allah, Buddha, what have you. In public schools, if you teach one trying to dispute another than I am all against it. Now saying that, I am not a Texas citizen and I have no say/concern in what they do, unless it is a national election. I am a staunch supporter of states rights. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jul 2012 (#)

And thank you for commenting, Denise. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jul 2012 (#)

I, for one, am having a little difficulty understanding my friend Denise's response to this article. How can anyone not be concerned with how thew Texas Branch of the Republican Party thinks when they are a part of the National Republican Party and have an influence on the party as a whole. What does not being a Texan citizen have to do with anything?

As for being a Christian...I'm a Christian too and I believe in God and the Bible, but I also believe that there is such a thing as being blinded to reality by ones faith in God.
What the Texas Republican Party proposes as their platform is not only STUPID, it is ASININE!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jul 2012 (#)

I could not agree with you more Jerry. Thanks much.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Jul 2012 (#)

The point is, I could not be more clear and it states it in his title 'Texas' Republican and not 'Alabama' not to even mention that I am (<eyeroll>)a republican, which is a laugh! I am not part of the republican party, nor the democratic party by the way, I am of my own mind, as apparently the extremes of both parties have taken over and I see nothing good out of any of them. I have enough on my plate about my own state to even give a rats ass about Texas and yes, I do believe in what happens in Texas, is up to those citizens that reside in Texas, not me! Stupid as it is! You are right in the last response that you left me on your page (before I came and checked this out). Once again, I stated that God says 'we are' to seek (I should have also added and not go blindly into the night) knowledge and see all things so we know in our heart and mind what is the truth! I have never been led blindly by no one, period. Now if I have anything else to say to you, as a friend, I will write you in a email. Sorry Steve but, I feel it is only fair I get a rebuttal.:)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jul 2012 (#)

ditto Jerry and David...it is unimaginable that the republicans can even think of such terrible stuff.. are they humans or devils in disguise...we wonder!!!!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
12th Jul 2012 (#)

Jerry and I have had our differences but in this instance we are unanimous!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Jul 2012 (#)

I think we're all three unanimous!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
12th Jul 2012 (#)

3 sentient people in agreement = REALITY!!

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author avatar Christoper M. Mason
18th Sep 2012 (#)

I think some conservatives are just so far out there they don't even realize how ridiculous they sound.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Sep 2012 (#)

I certainly agree with that assessment, Christopher. Thank you.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Apr 2013 (#)

It is one thing to teach our children to question everything as George Carlin said , but my concern is ' Who is answering their questions , and with What ? ' Just a thought Steve .
Bless you
Stella

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