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From the Department of Redundancy Department or yet another full-contact dose of you can't make this shit up:



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Texas Republicans 2012 Platform Opposes Critical Thinking and Supports Corporal Punishment

Texas Republicans 2012 Platform Opposes Critical Thinking and Supports Corporal Punishment


This week, the Republican Party of Texas released its official 2012 platform, with provisions including the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, recommendations for the use of corporal punishment in classrooms, and opposition to the teaching of “higher order thinking skills.”

It’s almost too easy a target to even pick on, and most of the claims are too outrageous to be taken seriously. However, Texas has a long-standing record of extreme fringe control over what and how its students are learning.

This recent platform rollout is reminiscent of the debate that was conducted in 2010 over the content of Texas’ textbooks, which gives the current situation more context. Because of the large population of Texas, they have an enormous amount of buying power in the textbook industry, purchasing 48 million textbooks annually. Therefore, the very conservative Texas Board of Education has more clout in deciding the content of the nation's textbooks than almost any other Board across the country.

A curriculum with a distinct conservative color was passed in a series of amendments that characterize America as a “Christian Nation,” downplaying the role of Thomas Jefferson, excluding most Hispanic Americans, and “including a plank to ensure that students learn about ‘the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.’”

What is breathtaking about these amendments is their power to actually rewrite history for millions of students due to the whims of a few Board members. Compounding this is the recent release of the Texas GOP’s platform; the most offensive and authoritarian aspects of it concerned--surprise, surprise--education.

An educated population is absolutely integral in any society. Instead of empowering future voters, the GOP seeks to prime them for the same kind of group-think that has befallen their party.

The platform states its opposition to the teaching of “critical thinking skills” as it holds “the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.” The assumption that a child’s beliefs are fixed in middle or even high school is absurd to begin with, along with the affirmation of a parent’s absolute authority over those beliefs.

In the same authoritarian vein, the GOP recommends “that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems” and that “corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.” The “current multicultural curriculum is divisive” in their minds, and “nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups.” 

For a party that prides itself on protecting liberty, this is an extraordinary breach of basic exercises of freedom. They are doing their state and its children a disservice by not equipping them with the tools to thinking critically and seek out information in order to make rational and empathetic decisions in the future. It speaks volumes to the insularity that is now required for the GOP to succeed; in other words, keep them stupid and we’ll win.
“The old world is dying, and the New World struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 03:08:26 PM »
 Well Surly, Much as I hate to bring up a subject that you and I are agreed to being sick and tired of, I must ask you what you would expect of a Bible Belt state consisting of fifty percent evangelicals and who knows how many more fundamentalist Christians of various stripes such as polygamous Mormons, Holy Rollers, Snake handlers, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God or Jehovah's Witnesses. Did you ever know of any instances when people of this ilk favored anything smacking of independent, critical thinking? It takes a great deal of intellectual effort combined with freedom from want and an intellectual environment free of authoritarian censorship to produce those thinking skills. And even then, as you well know, the intimidation of established authority is very pervasive. Let's face it. The face of America, especially among the poor and even the struggling middle classes, has always been essentially anti- intellectual. How is this new? This stuff appeals to people on the edge of starvation to begin with, only now with the growth of evangelicism combined with manipulative politics in a time of depression you have the perfect stew for dumbing down the populace even more which of course leaves more control to the moneyed classes. The more these mindless slaves are under the dominion of their "opium", the more this will grow. Only the very wealthy will have access to liberal education as this collapse continues. Finally, we will be right back in the darkest of middle ages, combined with starvation, superstition and death. Since they all are full of self hatred, and since they feel so very "sinful", they will get what they ask for. "For the wages of sin is death."

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 10:35:54 PM »
Serfs don’t need no critical thinking skills, simple as that.

What's amazing to me is that they are willing to say it out loud (in writing if you read between the lines).

And K, what you say above is why I have little use for organized religion at this point in my life. I wonder if the leaders of these churches realize that they are sending their congregations straight to hell on earth. I won't speak with regard to the hereafter because I have no idea.

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012, 10:06:31 AM »
Serfs don’t need no critical thinking skills, simple as that.
-Punx

In a sentence. I continue to be amazed that ordinary people have so little interest in the wholesale selling off of the commons and dismantling of the infrastructure of this country.
“The old world is dying, and the New World struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2012, 09:24:12 PM »
Surly,

Why not surprised?

I don’t want to call it a conspiracy, though I doubt to do so would bother many here, but there has been a concerted effort in the last 30 odd years to dumb down and propagandize Americans into believing that private business can do no wrong, and government do no good and that becoming rich is all that matters in life. At what point will TPTB have people believing that the air they breath is not theirs by right, but something that must be rented, assuming that it is even fit to breath?

For sure frustration on my part at how little interest there is in what’s going on and the willful ignorance and stupidity I find around me. Not that I claim to know the truth of things, but some things like above and the objectives behind it seem just too obvious to me.

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2012, 02:04:50 AM »
In many ways, that's why people gather in this place. Of COURSE it is a conspiracy, following a game plan and a schedule as codified as anything cooked up in ALEC's research labs. But convincing others of that becomes quite a source of conflict for many of us.

So we come here and talk with one another.

If what we say matters less than what we do, it is clear that we worship Mammon, in thought, word and deed. I did a blog post on this theme about a month ago...
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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2012, 02:51:18 AM »
If what we say matters less than what we do, it is clear that we worship Mammon, in thought, word and deed. I did a blog post on this theme about a month ago...

Article titled Mammon is Hungry: Husband’s Suicide One Day, Wells Fargo to Evict Wife The Next

Always Link your Articles!  :icon_mrgreen:

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Re: Texas Republican Platform opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2012, 04:01:00 PM »
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The platform states its opposition to the teaching of “critical thinking skills” as it holds “the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

I have the feeling, all those guns those red neck hick, command and control dominator mammon grubbing Texans, have been smuggling across the border into Mexico, WTSHTF, are going to return with a VENGEANCE. Alamo redux, for most of the central south and southwest.  :evil4:

 

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