[FoRK] The War on School / students / critical thinking

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Jul 22 19:14:03 PDT 2012

Really Texas GOP, again?  Bozos all the way down.  You might expect something like this in a little podunk back woods, but Texas 
is a large, populous state...  There's no excuse for this.  Poor Texas students.

Because it's hard to link to Mercury News, I'll go with the Huffington Post version:

Texas Republican Party Calls For Abstinence Only Sex Ed, Corporal Punishment In Schools
> Additionally, the document states the party opposes mandatory pre-school and kindergarten, saying parents are "best suited to 
> train their children in their early development."
> The position causing the most controversy 
> <http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/vo26x/texas_gop_we_oppose_the_teaching_of_higher_order/>, however, is the statement 
> that they oppose the teaching of "higher order thinking skills" -- a curriculum which strives to encourage critical thinking 
> -- arguing that it might challenge "student's fixed beliefs" and undermine "parental authority."

> In March, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Bloomberg he felt "very, very badly" for Texas students. 
> "Texas may have the lowest high school graduation rate in the country," 
> <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-18/obama-s-education-secretary-says-perry-s-schools-left-behind.html> Duncan said, 
> according to Bloomberg.
> The following weekend, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs gave his own criticism 
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/rick-perry-education-policy_n_932780.html> of the state's education system.
> "I think when it comes to someone like Rick Perry, [voters are] going to wonder why a place like Texas has one of the worst 
> education systems," Gibbs said on "Meet the Press."

> I was born in Texas and I live in Texas but if this is their stance on critical thinking then I may want to die in Texas quite 
> soon. I cannot begin to understand the thought process that lead them to this stance. By stating this, they either show that 
> they themselves do not use critical thinking or that they are hypocrites and are explicitly denying current and future 
> children what they themselves use.
> I shouldn't have to but critical thinking is the most important thing to teach. Why, because if we don't question our values 
> or our current situation then we can never adapt to our situation. It's like evolution, if we can't adapt to our situation 
> then we fail, and only through critical thinking can we first understand the change in our situation, and then figure out how 
> to adapt to it.
> It's just so f*cking asinine. I hate to get emotional about it, but I can't help but get extremely pissed.
> I have been thinking about it and right underneath they mention that it is mainly a parents job to educate. So maybe they are 
> thinking that a parent will do that? Still I have to consider a bad idea, because a child spends most of his or hers early 
> lifetime being taught not by their parents but the school. I have hard time seeing many parents teaching critical thinking 
> too. So it's going to have to be taught in schools.


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