Texas Bans Critical Thinking In Schools

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As for a re-labeling of OBE, I don't have the wherewithal to connect the two styles, but it seems the GOP platform is saying "We're for traditional educational styles, rather than progressive educational tactics like OBE or HOTS."Reading the rest of the section preceding and following this, you can see the Texas GOP is more interested in instituting the parents as an authority on what children learn and when.We STILL hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.One of the more striking elements of the platform is the Party’s position on education. Japan, for example, has had an ongoing national debate on the nature of compulsory education in terms of both contact hours in the classroom and the underlying approach to learning.

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Last month, the Republican Party of Texas approved its platform for the 2012 election campaign.

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. Which might cause children to challenge their fixed beliefs.

That's where they cross the line from regular villainy into cartoonish super-villainy. This being why my parents sacrificed quality fo life to send me to a Catholic School.

Without developing such skills in children, the future of the U. is one in which its economy will languish and its democracy will wither.

Confucius wrote over two thousand years ago that if the words of a ruler are not good, and no one opposes them, one should expect the ruin of his country.Another disturbing feature of the document is that while they “urge the Legislature to direct expenditures to academics as the first priority,” they also contend that “Since data is (sic) clear that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, ” (emphasis added).Not only is the second statement inconsistent with the first (not to mention rather frightening), it isn’t true. In point of fact, economists have found that–not surprisingly–it matters the money is spent (see here for a survey of the relevant literature).Yes, this may mean that one’s fixed beliefs are challenged from time to time.But since we live in a world characterized by diversity and change, it seems unlikely that dogmatic adherence to any set of fixed beliefs is likely to lead to a healthy economy, a successful democracy, or a society that values human differences, educational integrity, and intelligence. That’s why my tag line is, “I want to explain how things work, not what you should believe.” However, I am so distressed by the 2012 platform released by the Texas Republican Party that I find it impossible not to comment.While I am hardly in agreement with everything forwarded by the Democrats (and have taken aim at President Obama on a number of occasions, especially with respect to his desire to balance the federal budget), it is difficult to believe that what the Republicans put together during their convention in Fort Worth was even written in the 21st century. The document (available here) has already made headlines with the portion that opposes the “teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills” and “critical thinking skills.” Although a partial retraction followed, this was in terms of the wording, not the general meaning.It also lends a reactionary tinge to the education debate in the U. and to a political party that seems woefully out of touch with educational trends in other parts of the world in the 21st Century. For many Japanese, the previous curriculum was far too focused on rote learning, which limited the capacity of citizens to think critically and creatively.Indeed, in the town of Kanegasaki, located in Iwate Prefecture and where I have conducted anthropological research for many years, the mayor developed a system of Lifelong Learning Centers, three decades ago, that were intended to function as a context where people can continue to explore new ideas and better themselves through education. Content Wrapper:after.hidden.grid_page.grid_page:before,.grid_page:after.grid_page:after.grid_page h3.grid_page h3 a.grid_page h3 a:hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button.grid_page h3 a.action_button:active.grid_page h3 a.action_button:hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button:not(.fake_disabled):hover.grid_page h3 a.action_button:not(.fake_disabled):focus.grid_pageh1.layout_2col_main.layout_2col_side. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner.

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