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Republicans Against Critical Thinking In Schools, Place Item In State Party Platform

July 1, 2012

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.

In Texas the conservatives have placed their lack of mental gravitas into the Republican Party platform.

It’s official: The Republican Party of Texasopposes critical thinking. That’s right, drones, and it’s part of their official platform.

One of our eagle-eyed readers emailed us to point out this unbelievable passage in the RPT 2012 platform, as adopted at their recent statewide conference.

“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.”)

2 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink
    July 1, 2012 10:11 PM

    I will contradict the argument that Republicans are truely anti-intellectual. This is the type of depressing statement that appears on this blog from time to time; it is a statement which is in itself anti-intellectual and demonstrates a need for education–or at least discipline in writing. Its too bad, too, because this could be one of the best national-level liberal blogs except that it descends into these petty statements and digressions. Unfortunately, not the work of one of those elder-statesman types we like to wax about.

    While I don’t understand all of the physics behind the relationship between activity on the surface of the sun and global warming, I think it reasonable to consider that the single most powerful source of energy to the planet might have some impact on our climate. But what is more dangerous is the anti-intellectual and anti-scientific claim embraced huge crowds of the left that this is settled science. Very very little science is “settled.”

    Equally disturbing are the idiot liberals who believe Sarah Palin commented that she could see Russia from her property. How pathetically stupid and ignorant. Worse yet are those who prey on fools–and there are so many fools–by spreading and repeating misinformation to get their cheap jollies and low political points. I can just imagine Teddy Kennedy rolling over in his grave. Does one think he would go on to comment about Mitt Romney’s underwear or how muslim women wear those scarves?

    Then there is the tawdry claim that the Republicans in Texas oppose teaching critical thinking. The irony here is that when you read the linked article (from a barely credible website) and google the HOTS program, you find it is itself a packaged computerized program which substitutes a keyboard and screen for a real teacher. Interestingly, I know a great deal about this type of program and I can assure you it is about low expectations and low standards, and even lower levels of engagement. I imagine Windy33 graduated from HOTS, look at how well he expresses himself–or herself. Pure emotion and hysteria, little logic or organization.

    As for your comments about “doubling down on learn-by-rote fact recitation – of the kind spearheaded by the worst of the pro-testing advocates,” I would seriously question your understanding of effective teaching and learning. You, I imagine, spent a great deal of time in your youth reading books because there were no video games and you got maybe three crappy TV stations. This allowed yourself and many others to not only acquire a life-long love of reading, but also a gigantic base of “wrote” knowledge–a set of facts you could later call upon to form some opinions and consclusions. When you turned thirteen or fourteen, and when your brain had developed the necessary structures for critical thinking, you had facts and the model arguments given by your parents and teachers (not computer programs) to use as the building blocks of your own ideas. Modern students are fact-malnurished. Instead of saying “I’d like a new govenor” to everyone you meet, why not ask them what part of the Constitution gives them the right to lie about their heroics in the military? What is the point of having an “analytical” model without a wrote foundation? None.

    By the way, the first thing I learned in logic class was that a claim like the one which begins your post–an unqualified claim–is nakedly weak, requiring only a single example to shatter it. You know this too.

  2. windy33 permalink
    July 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    SURE DO. LOOK AT WHAT ALL THE STUPID PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN DID THEY VOTED IN A COLLEGE DROP OUT OR SHOULD I SAY HE WAS KICKED OUT FOR DOING THINGS HE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO DO AND IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE VERY SAME REASON HE WAS KICKED OUT OF COLLEGE. EDUCATION HAS REALLY GONE DOWN THE DRAIN WHEN THIS MANY PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN CAN BE SO DUMB

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