I ran into something interesting on Quora today. The following was a direct quote from the Texas 2012 GOP 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." Is it any wonder that we end up with the little volpunters of the world with that as a goal of a good chunk of the country! I grew up a fundamentalist and know this line of thinking well. I consider myself fortunate to have escaped. As we see here not everyone was so lucky.