republicans oppose teaching of “critical thinking skills”

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Free Thinker, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. The mind is a terrible thing to waste... But it does make becoming a republican much easier once it's gone..

    The Republican Party of Texas’ recently adopted 2012 platform contains a plank that opposes the teaching of “critical thinking skills” in schools. The party says it was a mistake, but is now stuck with the plank until the next state convention in 2014.

    The plank in question, on “Knowledge-Based Education,” reads as follows:

    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.Elsewhere in the document, the platform stipules that “[e]very Republican is responsible for implementing this platform.”

  2. "Those who study the history of the revolution know that Fidel Castro's literacy campaign focused on recruiting Cuba's youth as the first target for indoctrination. The premise was that they would then become the tool for the spread of socialism throughout the island. Indeed, the education system has been one of Castro's most effective means in thwarting critical thinking and free expression among the people."

    [Indeed, the education system has been one of Castro's most effective means in thwarting critical thinking and free expression among the people.];col1
  3. Mav88


    You must have been excluded as well poorthinker

  4. Mav88


    wtf wtf? I'm just outing you and your religion.
  5. whats my religion? you are making no sense. positive evidence of a lack of critical thinking.
  6. This is one of the things with freethinker and the rest of the fanatic liberals. They do not believe in God or any religion/higher being, which is totally fine. Many people don't.

    However, they cannot divorce themselves from the tragedy of the fundamental human condition which is suffering. Therefore instead of believing in some happy ending in an afterlife, they attempt to create a paradise HERE on EARTH, to construct this ideal utopian society where everyone can live happily ever after. Their mode of thinking is no different from believing in a religious paradise and the 72 virgins promised by Allah.
  7. "Critical thinking" or"values clarification" is liberal codespeak for indoctrination, ie using the schools to brainwash kids into the whole PC mindset. They have whole subsets like "critical legal theory", which are largely the kind of marxist class theory that one poster here spouts endlessly. They use the "critical thinking" terminology to fool parents, who they assume would object to sending their kids off for marxist indoctrination.

    This has been going on for 30 years or so at least. You can see the result in the large numbers of ignorant, blankeyed young people who supported Obama for reasons they couldn't articulate, except to rejurgitate talking points about "change."

    When you think about it, the idea that a bunch of union drones, teachers, could actually teach "critical thinking" is absurd. What you get is idiots like that teacher in NC screaming at a student that it was against the law to criticize Obama.

    We rank near the bottom of industrialized countries in education. They can;t teach math, reading, writing ro science, but they are capable of teaching critical thinking? give me a break.
  8. isnt this what most intellectually honest rational thinking people should strive for?
    this life is your one shot. you had better make the best of it.
  9. You don't understand, there is no idyllic paradise, you cannot do it, it runs counter to common sense, economics and reality.
    #10     Jun 29, 2012