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Old 06-28-2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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Texan GOP against teaching critical thinking (and no, it's not from the Onion)

So, this week, the Republican Part of Texas released its Report of Platform and Rules Committees which can be found here. If you're too lazy to read the whole thing and find out why it's newsworthy, I'll quote the two biggest gems that came out of this report:

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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.
You read that right, Texan GOP is against HOTS (which includes critical thinking, analysis and problem solving), one of the most important aspects of education alongside the basic skills of learning, memorizing and applying notions. And it's not because they're defending traditional education, it's because HOTS challenges the student's beliefs and parental authority. in other words, the GOP thinks education should be about pandering to what mommy and daddy believe their child should believe instead of, you know, educating future citizens to be responsible ones.

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Voter Rights Act – We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.
For those unaware of what this Voter Rights Act is about, it was the act that allowed Afro-Americans and other minorities to vote freely, without any discrimination or voting frauds to undermine the minorities' votes. There are controversial parts, like Section 5 that demands certain counties and even states with history of racial discrimination to do a pleclearance of their voting methods to see if they meet the standards of this act and some politicians think they shouldn't pay for their predecessors' sins, or a later amendment that says counties with a big enough Hispanic community should have a bilingual voting ballot. But the thing is, it doesn't mention any particular section or amendment, it's the whole act, so they want to take away the rights so many people fought for in 50's and 60's.

There are many other little gems of awfulness, but they're the usual GOP stuff, so I recommend reading the whole report and have some happy pills nearby. So my question is who the hell comes up with those things and who the fuck votes on them?
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