Republicans Against Critical Thinking In Schools, Place Item In State Party Platform
Hat Tip to James.
No one can contradict the argument that Republicans are truly anti-intellectual. At all levels of government Republicans prove over and over they are both anti-science and anti-education. They seem to rejoice in elevating the most ludicrous people onto pedestals, and voting for the lowest common denominators time and again.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson thinks climate change is due to sun spots, and Sarah Palin cannot understand why no one believes she can see Russia from her backyard.
The bulk of the Republican Party are made up of dolts. If there is any group that needs education it would be the GOP.
Yet it is the Republicans who continually work to undermine better educated children in this nation.
It’s official: The Republican Party of Texasopposes critical thinking. That’s right, drones, and 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.”
What this really means is that the GOP is doubling down on learn-by-rote fact recitation – of the kind spearheaded by the worst of the pro-testing advocates, and locally by IDEA Public Schools, which has committed to the anti-analytical direct learning model (aka “press button A, B or C.”)