In the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up departmentSubmitted by go213mph on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 08:26
"Here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education:
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.
Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.”
American Identity Patriotism and Loyalty – We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive. We favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups. Students should pledge allegiance to the American and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism.
NOTE by OP: There are a handful of thing listed that I wholeheartedly agree with, but some of the things (like the one above) are just too bizarre to beleive. It's like documentation that our schools are in fact indoctrination camps. We live in exciting times. There is so much going on, it's litterally hard to keep up.
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