Re: The Republican Party of Texas Official 2012 platform
Yep... You read that correctly. No "A" for you Johnny! You think 'outside the box' too much and your parents are not happy with you using careful, rational thinking since it may challenge 'fixed beliefs.'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.
In related items from their platform:
Obvious shots at evolution and climate science (hell... all of science - period), but what else is new...Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories.
We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific
theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the
strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
Viruses do not care about who you are or where your particular beliefs lay. Giving people (especially children) a 'pass' on vaccination leads to trouble in the end.Immunizations ― All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are
administered to themselves or their minor children without penalty for refusing a vaccine. We oppose any effort
by any authority to mandate such vaccines or any medical database that would contain personal records of
citizens without their consent.
This took me by surprise. It takes a lot of people using "Higher Order Thinking Skills" to run space program - from the private or public purse, so I am not sure how this can be reconciled with not teaching it to kids who will be the space entrepreneurs, astronauts and rocket scientists of tomorrow.NASA – We strongly encourage the federal government and NASA to work with American citizens and
American businesses to research and develop a new vehicle to continue human space flight and maintain
American’s leadership in space exploration.
I was most interested in their platform points I listed above. Feel free to take a look at the rest if you so wish.
PDF file of the Official Party Platform