Texas GOP Platform Officially Opposes Teaching Critical Thinking In Schools?

Posted: July 1, 2012 in Current Events, Politics
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They left out “anarchy”!

This is one of those things you read and you swear that it can’ t possibly be true.  You have to assume that somebody read an article in The Onion and didn’t understand that The Onion is parody news.  Or it’s one of those e-mail forwards that everyone chooses to believe for some reason without verifying it for themselves.  I mean, the Texas GOP couldn’t have actually added a plank to their educational platform opposing the teaching of critical thinking skills.  I mean, not even the Texas GOP would do that.  Oh, well that’s where I was wrong.   Yes.  Yes, they would do that (see page 12).

As they explain, critical thinking is apparently just code for Outcome-Based Education, which is apparently evil.  It’s all just a ploy to undermine “student’s fixed beliefs” and “parental authority”.  So really, they see critical thinking skills and think (non-critically of course!), in the infamous words of Admiral Ackbar, ‘it’s a trap!’.

The Texas Republicans have it all figured out.  I just so happen to have excerpts from the meeting where they put their platform together, where they really put their non-critical thinking skills to use:

  • “How ’bout we take math out of the curriculum?  You know what they say, there are three types of lies, lies, damn lies, and statistics.  We don’t want our kids to grow up to be damn liars, do we?”
  • “What about tests?  Do we need those?  Won’t that challenge the student’s fixed knowledge?”
  • “Smaller classroom size?  Just a plot from the evil teacher’s union for more jobs!  How ’bout this?  Close all the schools.  Move all the students to Cowboy Stadium.  Then hire America’s number one educator, Glenn Beck, to teach them all at once!  Imagine the budget savings!”

“True, I have no college education. Yet I’m the smartest person alive, as demonstrated by my ability to draw diagrams on chalkboards!”

  • “Great idea!  And just piggy-backing here, but what about all those books in the library?  Why do we need books?  Get rid of those along with the classrooms.  Everything is on Wikipedia now.  Oh, and Discovery Channel.  And The History Channel.  Speaking of that, did you see “Ancient Aliens” last night?  Did you know that Nazis had a time machine?  Bet they don’t teach that in our classrooms!”

And when one or more these items appear in the 2014 Texas GOP platform, this time I won’t be surprised!

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