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Repub. Party of TX is opposed to teaching children how to think critically with higher level thinking skills

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    This is a excerpt from page 13 of the "Report of Platform Committee and Rules Committee" of the GOP of Texas. They are seriously opposed to education. They don't want people to think for themselves, make their own decisions, or have higher level thinking skills. This is the very kind of policies that prevent new discoveries. Space travel, modern medicine, computer technology, etc are all products of people getting away from these kind of policies.

    I'm shocked
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    The reason is elementary(pardon the pun). There is a belief that the reason more are turning away from religion is due to the fact that knowledge increases with time whereas religion is static. In order to further the attendance at church education must be Bible based only.
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    Zach:


    I've got to admit that it does stagger the imagination, but it may help to explain why Rick Perry is the longest serving governor in the history
    of the State of Texas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Perry

    I actually don't agree with him on a lot of topics, so I'm sure that he drives you crazy.

    Then again ...

    My Governor is Jan Brewer.

    In order to preserve $538 million in corporate tax cuts, she cut public funding for public universities from $1.2 billion in 2008 to $682 million in a three year time span,
    and is apparently contemplating further cuts.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/24/303320/false-choice-preserving-corp...



    The education report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce makes for interesting reading.

    Although Texas and Arizona both had rankings of "C", the Chamber had this to say about Texas:

    Texas aces some tests, fails others in nationwide college education study

    The state of Texas leads the nation in some college achievement categories and underperforms in others, according to a report released today by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The state did worse than average in access to college and student achievement. Texas also received mediocre grades for innovation in higher education.


    If you click on the map on this website, it opens up ANOTHER map that assigns grades to each state.

    The VAST MAJORITY of the states that have ranks of either "D" of "F" are also the states that apparently leaning towards Romney.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral...


    If you analyzed the demographics of the states leaning towards Romney, you'll likely find that they are a slightly older crowd.

    Not coincidentally, the FOX TV network has the OLDEST viewing audience, with an AVERAGE AGO of 65! 

    http://www.quora.com/Fox-News-Cable-News-Network/What-are-the-demographics-of-F...

    Since the Republicans have a dwindling number of supporters, you can easily see why the Koch brothers are funding voter purges of
    young and minority voters in Florida, Texas, and other states. Those young folks, after all, "don't mind thinking  for themselves, making their own decisions, and they also may
    have higher level thinking skills"



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    I remember many years ago seeing a  map of the election districts in TX.  Many looked like long pieces of spaghetti so they could disenfranchise the Black  and Hispanic communities,  At the same time my state used a computer to make our voting districts and Dems & Repubs held their nose and voted for nice as square as possible districts.  I wonder if they still get by with that voter fraud.  A sad commentary on our democracy if they do.  I have never met a present day Republican who does not feel his vote is more important than anyone else and sees nothing wrong with taking the vote from  people who are not of their far right political persuasion.  We need to make our tent temporarily even larger and take in those bewildered independents as they realize the Republican tent  has barred them-they can return to the Republicans when they again have a center. 
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    Yeah, Gerrymandering has been a HUGE problem in Texas for a very long time. Both sides are guilty of it and as a result Texas has very convoluted districts lines. It's not design to disenfranchise people but group all of one party into a single district in order to more easily get 51% in other districts

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    The link that Zach provided of the Republican Party of Texas Platform on education is just astounding.  My link provides the entire document in pdf format. I'll extract that paragraph and a few other related ones below and comment:

    Knowledge-Based Education (page 12) – 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.

    But there's more on education:

    Early Childhood Development (page 12) – We believe that parents are best suited to train their children in their early development and oppose mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten. We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.

    Sex Education (page 13) – We recognize parental responsibility and authority regarding sex education. We believe that parents must be given an opportunity to review the material prior to giving their consent. We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.

    Private Education (page 13) – We believe that parents and legal guardians may choose to educate their children in private schools to include, but not limited to, home schools and parochial schools without government interference, through definition, regulation, accreditation, licensing, or testing.

    Traditional Principles in Education (Page 13) – We support school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America’s legal, political and economic systems. We support curricula that are heavily weighted on original founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and Founders’ writings.

    U.S. Department of Education (page 14) – Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished.

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    I find it astounding beyond belief. Looking at the rest of the platform, it has a bunch of other crazy stuff, but I'll leave that for another post.

    The point that I would make though is while this is what the Republican Party of Texas has in their platform, the national party doesn't differ too much...many of the same principles but with a more general language.

    This is scary stuff.

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    Good analysis Arizona. And yeah, I can't stand Rick Perry. It makes me a little discouraged that I'll be a teacher soon while the GOP is throwing the education system down the drain.

    It's hard to believe that we are the same country that used higher level thinking to harness the energy of the atom and landed people on the moon.
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    More on their education. They “urge the Legislature to direct expenditures to academics as the first priority,” as well as “Since data is clear that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions”


    So... in short, they want to increase government expenditures to academics while spending less money on all levels of education. Does this seem like a MASSIVE contradiction to anyone else?
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    It looks like their opposition to critical thinking skills is well established within their own party.  In reading the whole party platform, I was wondering if they somehow got confused with a script from The Onion. But even The Orion couldn't come up with some of the doozies in the Texas Republican Party platform.
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    This is an e-mail from the year 2000. (election year)  -note the first entry. You reap what you sow.

    Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 13:20:54 -0500
    Subject: FW: The great state of Texas

    Some things are worth speaking out about...even when people are sick of
    hearing them...

    The state of Texas, under the leadership of Governor George W. Bush, is ranked:
    50th in spending for teachers' salaries *****
    49th in spending on the environment
    48th in per-capita funding for public health
    47th in delivery of social services
    42nd in child-support collections
    41st in per-capita spending on public education
    and ...
    5th in percentage of population living in poverty
    1st in air and water pollution
    1st in percentage of poor working parents without insurance
    1st in percentage of children without health insurance
    1st in executions (avg. 1 every 2 weeks for Bush's 5 years)

    Just think of what he could do for (to) the country if he were president

     

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    Does Texas want to be Mississippi when it grows up?
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    Did any of the readers note the clever way that Zack led the average reader to accept the characterization of a statement of opposition to a specific educational doctrine or methodology as equivalent  to a policy of opposition to all education in general. He then added real force to his valuable analysis by personally choosing and assigning a motive (a very negative one too) to illustrate their evil intent to frustrate our mission to educate and form their children into amoral little vessels we can fill with the liberal/progressive doctrines of the future, assuring us electoral victories and the confounding of the 1%'s and their running dog lackeys at FOX.
     
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    rwanders Wrote: Did any of the readers note the clever way that Zack led the average reader to accept the characterization of a statement of opposition to a specific educational doctrine or methodology as equivalent  to a policy of opposition to all education in general. He then added real force to his valuable analysis by personally choosing and assigning a motive (a very negative one too) to illustrate their evil intent to frustrate our mission to educate and form their children into amoral little vessels we can fill with the liberal/progressive doctrines of the future, assuring us electoral victories and the confounding of the 1%'s and their running dog lackeys at FOX.
     


    I did not need to be led for I know what lurks in minds of men for I am the Shadow. If you can read then the TX Republican platform is easy to understand and thus their motivation for writing such is not hard to fathom. Do you favor silver or gold for the nose ring? 
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    Gold of course.  Our current fiscal policies appear to be bringing gold to truly stupendous heights by destruction of confidence in our ability to live within our means as a nation.  We will be able to pawn our nose rings for enough to buy a loaf of bread (maybe). 
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    I hear that many Hispanics are in favor of Texas (once again) becoming part of Mexico. I have read some of their more radical literature, where groups wilder than La Raza advocate a "rebellion" in order to put Texas back on the map of Mexico. ----- Maybe we should let them ;) :)   -- ADIOS, estado de Tejas