Dumbing Down Our Future

June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“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.”

  • Source: 2012 State (Texas) Republican Party Platform [PDF]
  • Context: The Texas Republican Party has been rewriting the curriculum for the entire state of Texas. The above excerpt is from the 2012 Platform of the Texas Republican Party, available on their website. They have faced a lot of criticism which include historical revisionism and political indoctrination. The publication of this document has now confirmed that criticism.

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