With regard to critical thinking, the Republican Party of Texas document states: “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.” (page 20, Republican Party of Texas, 2012). — This is absolutely frightening. I think that critical thinking skills should be the most important skills taught in schools today. We need to question things much more than we do. Great post!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called Update On Crazy Texas Textbook Changes.

By Danny Weil, Truthout in the USA:

Texas GOP Declares: “No More Teaching of ‘Critical Thinking Skills’ in Texas Public Schools

Saturday, 07 July 2012 08:03

The Republican Party of Texas has issued their 2012 political platform and has come out and blatantly opposed [to] critical thinking in public schools throughout the state. If you wonder what took them so long to actually state that publicly, it is really a matter of timing. With irrationality now the norm and an election hovering over the 2012 horizon, the timing of the Republican GOP announcement against “critical thinking” instruction couldn’t be better. It helps gin up their anti-intellectual base.

The Texas GOP’s declarative position against critical thinking in public schools, or any schools, for that matter, is now an official part of their political platform. It…

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