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(Think Progress)   The Texas GOP party platform includes a number of general republican issues. Things like no taxes, getting rid of multicultural education, and banning critical thinking...wait, what?   (thinkprogress.org ) divider line
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2012-06-26 06:15:52 PM  

DarwiOdrade: serial_crusher: Texas Republicans also believe "controversial theories" such evolution and climate change - which aren't controversial at all - "should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced."

Shouldn't all science be taught as a challengeable scientific theory subject to change as new data is produced?

Except for intelligent design and steady-state climatology - sure.


Wat?

The primary problem of intelligent design is that it doesn't provide a challengeable scientific theory.

LOL DINOSAURS is not a falsifiable hypothesis.
 
2012-06-26 06:20:22 PM  

Tigger: DarwiOdrade: serial_crusher: Texas Republicans also believe "controversial theories" such evolution and climate change - which aren't controversial at all - "should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced."

Shouldn't all science be taught as a challengeable scientific theory subject to change as new data is produced?

Except for intelligent design and steady-state climatology - sure.

Wat?

The primary problem of intelligent design is that it doesn't provide a challengeable scientific theory.

LOL DINOSAURS is not a falsifiable hypothesis.


www.popsci.com
 
2012-06-26 06:25:56 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I applaud your bravery.


Thank you, dear. I know you're going through something similar. I find that people are just really short-sighted. Illegals go home, I don't want to pay taxes, I don't want someone I don't understand using my word. It's all very childish.
 
2012-06-26 06:26:53 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Mike_LowELL: I like how opposition to "critical thinking" is somehow a bad thing. And no, I don't want to hear rebuttals to that statement. My argument is correct, and I personally know the admin of this web site, and he will ban you. Don't question me on this.

:-)


The use of letters and characters intended to type missives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...being used to denote a smiley face.

Oh, you're in a world of trouble now.
 
2012-06-26 06:37:57 PM  
I like how they say both that "controversial theories...should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced." AND that critical thinking skills are bad.

How can one challenge "controversial theories" without thinking critically about them?

What enables people to be completely oblivious to SPECTACULAR cognitive dissonance?

Also, if you are afraid of your kid thinking, and therefore disbelieving what you told them, what does that say about what you've told them?
 
2012-06-26 06:42:23 PM  
*bangs head against wall*
 
2012-06-26 06:46:38 PM  
Come on California. Export more liberals to Austin and the other major cities so they can offset the crazy!
 
2012-06-26 06:50:46 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: dorko16: We are doomed as a nation.

Texas GOP is not a nation.

But really: I often wonder if this is just the last kick of ignorance- or the begining of super regression.


Could be either.

I look at Europe's secularization (specifically France and to a lesser extent England) and I don't think anything but decades of bloodshed are going to kick America back towards secularism.
 
2012-06-26 07:11:37 PM  
There's more: the GOP also opposes the teaching of "critical thinking skills" because they "focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

Critical thinking is a tool used by militant athiests to turn your sons gay and your daughters into abortion addicts.
 
2012-06-26 07:12:36 PM  
What a damn embarrassment.
 
2012-06-26 07:13:05 PM  

Shaggy_C: There's more: the GOP also opposes the teaching of "critical thinking skills" because they "focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

Critical thinking is a tool used by militant athiests to turn your sons gay and your daughters into abortion addicts.


You say it like it's a bad thing.
 
2012-06-26 07:13:29 PM  
I hate the people I share my state with. They're such douchebags.
 
2012-06-26 07:14:09 PM  
All the evil Muslims would have to do is relabel everything as "Christian" and they'd be good to go. At least in Texas.
 
2012-06-26 07:15:55 PM  
Just hypothetically: Say we could actually get to a point where the national income tax was completely removed, capital gains and estate taxes removed, and state property and business taxes all went bye bye.

Assuming all these things were done, who's fault would it be when the middle class crumbled under a (presumably) incredibly high national sales tax, tax revenues sunk to unfathomably low levels, and the nations infrastructure began to crumble. Who would conservatives blame for this?

I mean, I know the obvious answer is "the poor", but how exactly?
 
2012-06-26 07:16:59 PM  

meat0918: Come on California. Export more liberals to Austin and the other major cities so they can offset the crazy!


My preggy sister and her husband are thinking of moving to Austin. But Texas is really making it hard to want to raise a kid there.
 
2012-06-26 07:18:18 PM  
Critical thinking is by far the best lifeskill you can learn. Being opposed to it is being opposed to not falling for fraud. Being opposed to it is being opposed to not taking on more responsibility than you can handle. Being opposed to it is being opposed to not commiting crime. This is a political stance that advocates the betterment of those who can afford real education. This is a stance that literally hates freedom as in personal freedom of individuals. If you sign of onthis turd you are literally someone who hates your own children.
 
2012-06-26 07:19:07 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: penthesilea: Sgt Otter: [wonkette.com image 406x274]

/Obligatory

Hate that pic.
Most of us HSers actually like that fancy book learning stuff. Handful of stupid Flat-Earthers make the rest of us look bad.

There is no reason for homeschooling.

If you want to learn more at home, that's fine...but I have yet to find one reason for anyone to be homeschooled.


Disruptive or abusive peers in public school and insufficient funds in private ones?
 
2012-06-26 07:19:51 PM  

I'm particularly stunned by the critical thinking one, quoted here in its entirety from their released PDF (as linked in TFA):


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.


Has this been in any other state GOP platforms, or a plank in the national one? I think this may be the first time there's been an open stance against thinking in any US political platform, or at least the first time since the Know-Nothings.
 
2012-06-26 07:21:56 PM  
It's farking texas.
 
2012-06-26 07:22:02 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I hate the people I share my state with. They're such douchebags.


Line by line breakdown of the Texas Republican platform -

Linked from the article
 
2012-06-26 07:22:34 PM  

Stefanwulf: Has this been in any other state GOP platforms, or a plank in the national one? I think this may be the first time there's been an open stance against thinking in any US political platform, or at least the first time since the Know-Nothings.


I have to think it's something to do with this specific programme, not the idea of "thinking" in general. I mean...it has to be, right?
 
2012-06-26 07:25:20 PM  

Boatmech: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I hate the people I share my state with. They're such douchebags.

Line by line breakdown of the Texas Republican platform -

Linked from the article


That sound you hear is me opening my femoral artery with a spoon. Yes it hurts.
 
2012-06-26 07:25:40 PM  

Shaggy_C: Stefanwulf: Has this been in any other state GOP platforms, or a plank in the national one? I think this may be the first time there's been an open stance against thinking in any US political platform, or at least the first time since the Know-Nothings.

I have to think it's something to do with this specific programme, not the idea of "thinking" in general. I mean...it has to be, right?


Allow me to quote myself:

HotWingConspiracy: It's farking texas.

 
2012-06-26 07:26:39 PM  

Burning_Monk: meat0918: Come on California. Export more liberals to Austin and the other major cities so they can offset the crazy!

My preggy sister and her husband are thinking of moving to Austin. But Texas is really making it hard to want to raise a kid there.


Austin is overcrowded. It's been turned into a hotter version of Dallas. The dream is over.
 
2012-06-26 07:27:06 PM  

Stefanwulf: I'm particularly stunned by the critical thinking one, quoted here in its entirety from their released PDF (as linked in TFA):


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.


Has this been in any other state GOP platforms, or a plank in the national one? I think this may be the first time there's been an open stance against thinking in any US political platform, or at least the first time since the Know-Nothings.


This is the same state trying to rewrite textbooks because they thought they were too "liberal", by removing folks like Thomas Jefferson and putting in folks like Phylis Schafly and Ayn Rand.

Seems like the point to take away from this is that they don't want people to rebel against authority (ie: Republicans and the Conseervative movement).

In other words they're trying to be a Christian Saudi Arabia only much suckier.
 
2012-06-26 07:27:23 PM  

Shaggy_C: Stefanwulf: Has this been in any other state GOP platforms, or a plank in the national one? I think this may be the first time there's been an open stance against thinking in any US political platform, or at least the first time since the Know-Nothings.

I have to think it's something to do with this specific programme, not the idea of "thinking" in general. I mean...it has to be, right?


To be fair, they just oppose the teaching of higher order thinking and critical thinking. But that entry isn't in reference to any particular program, it's just under the section heading "Educating our Children".
 
2012-06-26 07:30:01 PM  
Lincoln should have done a de-confederatization program in the way that post wwII germany conducted de-nazification.

The "conservative" party is not a national political party, it is a private club which does not have the interests of America as it's priorities. They lie, they cheat, they have no honor.

They want to own us all. They're going to spend $1 BILLION on de-n******ification this year, and in return they expect to make their wildest short term fantasies come true. And when it all falls apart, don't come crying to the republican megadonors, because they don't give a f*ck about you OR America.

Remember, Remember, and vote in November!
 
2012-06-26 07:30:07 PM  
Is turning the US a mix of Chinas indoctrination and Irans theocracy a goal or something?
 
2012-06-26 07:34:59 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: Lincoln should have done a de-confederatization program in the way that post wwII germany conducted de-nazification.

The "conservative" party is not a national political party, it is a private club which does not have the interests of America as it's priorities. They lie, they cheat, they have no honor.

They want to own us all. They're going to spend $1 BILLION on de-n******ification this year, and in return they expect to make their wildest short term fantasies come true. And when it all falls apart, don't come crying to the republican megadonors, because they don't give a f*ck about you OR America.

Remember, Remember, and vote in November!


Reminds me of this:

ohmars.files.wordpress.com

"This community means about as much to me as a festering bowl of dog snot!! You think I CARE about the pea-brained yokels of this town?! If you took their combined I.Q., and multiplied it by a hundred, you might have enough intelligence to tie your shoe, if you didn't drool all over yourself first!! I can't stand those sniveling maggots. They make me want to puke. But, there is one good thing about broadcasting to a town full of mindless sheep. I always know I have them exactly where I want them. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!"
 
2012-06-26 07:36:14 PM  
Mike_LowELL 2012-06-26 05:52:29 PM


I like how opposition to "critical thinking" is somehow a bad thing. And no, I don't want to hear rebuttals to that statement. My argument is correct, and I personally know the admin of this web site, and he will ban you. Don't question me on this.

I WILL question you and if I feel like it I WILL sic a toolbox full of tiny irregular jeweller's screwdrivers on you.

RAWR.
 
2012-06-26 07:36:49 PM  
I refuse to believe this is true.
 
2012-06-26 07:37:21 PM  

make me some tea: Holy shiat, they actually said that.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 550x336]


haha you're stuck with Kansas
 
2012-06-26 07:37:34 PM  

Quasar: 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.

Wow, that's actually in there. And so is abstinence-only education, prohibiting "reproductive health care services, including counseling", emphasizing Judeo-Christian principles, and name-dropping Sharia law and czars as things we shouldn't allow.


Hah! Take THAT evolution! We ain't no way no how gonna achieve higher order ANYTHING!
 
2012-06-26 07:39:47 PM  
4) It opposes multicultural education and "critical thinking": "We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive," the platform says, adding that it supports teaching "common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups." In Arizona, where Republicans banned multicultural programs, students in those programs actually out-performed their peers. Texas Republicans also believe "controversial theories" such evolution and climate change - which aren't controversial at all - "should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced." There's more: the GOP also opposes the teaching of "critical thinking skills" because they "focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."


What. The. fark.
 
2012-06-26 07:40:57 PM  
I knew I shouldnt have clicked on politics when I got home. This is either not real, or they truely are running unapposed from here on out. I'm too broke, I cant leave, we are stuck here and cant escape. I thought we as a state were going to let Arizona keep all the attention, but no.

I was eyerolling before, now im scared.


Were farked yall.
 
2012-06-26 07:43:35 PM  
This is terrifying in that other states may feel the need to step up and "keep it real". They'll feel the need to out "conservative" Texas.

"This business will get out of control! It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it!"
 
2012-06-26 07:43:51 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Doctor Funkenstein: I really don't think we're all that far away from the GOP running a retard. I don't mean a run-of-the-mill dumbass either. I'm talking a straight up, rubber helmet wearing, mittens pinned to the sleeves tarded guy. Mark my words, one day you're going to flip on C-SPAN and get treated to Republican Congressman Skeeter from Bucklefart, Texas ranting into the mic about how he never got his 'bananner puddin' during lunchtime.

Well, they already ran one for vice-president


We already had one for Veep.
www.trilobite.org
 
2012-06-26 07:44:37 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: dorko16: We are doomed as a nation.

Texas GOP is not a nation.

But really: I often wonder if this is just the last kick of ignorance- or the begining of super regression.


Not sure you realize the extent of the disease


.
 
2012-06-26 07:45:53 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Boatmech: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I hate the people I share my state with. They're such douchebags.

Line by line breakdown of the Texas Republican platform -

Linked from the article

That sound you hear is me opening my femoral artery with a spoon. Yes it hurts.


Well since you're in Dallas try to bleed out in a place where a few of these asshats might slip and fall in it.
 
2012-06-26 07:46:15 PM  

Ed Grubermann: We already had one for Veep.


And his son is my Rep. The idiot was drunk off his ass on election* night and when it was announced he won, he refused to talk to reporters til the next day. He never thought he had a chance, so he got smashed instead.

Thus, party boy went to DC to play.

*primary. We barely had a democratic challenger running against him.
 
2012-06-26 07:46:22 PM  
This is a general repub issue now. Essentially, once you've decided you're OK with torture, there's really no lower you can sink in any significant way, so you might as well go whole hog and buy into bringing back the Middle Ages. Because you're already morally bankrupt; disenfranchisment and turning women into chattel just isn't that big a deal.
 
2012-06-26 07:46:26 PM  

Quasar: 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.

Wow, that's actually in there. And so is abstinence-only education, prohibiting "reproductive health care services, including counseling", emphasizing Judeo-Christian principles, and name-dropping Sharia law and czars as things we shouldn't allow.


They saw Iowa's platform and thought: CHALLENGED ACCEPTED!
 
2012-06-26 07:46:38 PM  

Kittypie070: Mike_LowELL 2012-06-26 05:52:29 PM


I like how opposition to "critical thinking" is somehow a bad thing. And no, I don't want to hear rebuttals to that statement. My argument is correct, and I personally know the admin of this web site, and he will ban you. Don't question me on this.

I WILL question you and if I feel like it I WILL sic a toolbox full of tiny irregular jeweller's screwdrivers on you.

RAWR.


This is what I am talking about. I explicitly outline why "critical thinking" is one of the most dangerous tools in any society and people begin to question this. This is the reason that I moved Tiny Irregular Screws, Inc. overseas. The Vietnamese do not question their wages. They take it, because they know what is good for them. Until the Democrat Party is banned, I will not be returning with my jobs. That is that. And to you "critical thinkers": How about you critically think about the fact you are stupid libs. All of you. Bad game, no re, stupid libs.
 
2012-06-26 07:47:01 PM  
Today's GOP is the greatest threat the United States has ever faced.
 
2012-06-26 07:47:03 PM  
The party opposes almost all forms of taxation: The Texas GOP supports "repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment," which instituted a national income tax, ..... It also favors making the Bush tax cuts permanent

Well, which is it? No income taxes at all, or income taxes at the Bush levels?

It supports returning to the gold standard:

Because the value of the dollar relative to an ounce of gold will never, ever, change. It will be set by the free market, the same thing that sets the value of a dollar relative to a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas, or a cheeseburger, and everyone knows those things cost the same they did in the 50's.

the GOP also opposes the teaching of "critical thinking skills" because they "focus on behavior modification

Texans are dumb and we want them to stay that way. High-falutin edukation only leads to people acting like they ain't morans.

It supports corporal punishment in schools

Ok, I'm all for this one. I wish I could have beat some of the kids in the classes I attempted to teach. Some local teacher just got finished with a trial for slapping a student - she pulled a $300 fine. I know kids at that school that would have had teachers lined up down the halls for an opportunity to spend that little to smack them. Most of the little idiots would be glad to let them do it to, at least until afterword when someone explained that the money wasn't going to them.
 
2012-06-26 07:48:15 PM  

markie_farkie: Remedies to Activist Judiciary: We call Congress and the President to use their constitutional powers to restrain activist judges. We urge Congress to adopt the Judicial Conduct Act of 2005 and remove judges who abuse their authority. Further, we urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.

What

The

Fark?


Republicans.
 
2012-06-26 07:49:06 PM  

edmo: All the evil Muslims would have to do is relabel everything as "Christian" and they'd be good to go. At least in Texas.


Now this is a thought. All we need todo is relabel all the components of a liberal, civil society as "Christian," and we can hijack the discourse and save the nation.

.
 
2012-06-26 07:49:07 PM  
We decry the appointment of unelected bureaucrats

Why do Texas Republicans hate the Constitution?
 
2012-06-26 07:49:22 PM  

orclover: I knew I shouldnt have clicked on politics when I got home. This is either not real, or they truely are running unapposed from here on out. I'm too broke, I cant leave, we are stuck here and cant escape. I thought we as a state were going to let Arizona keep all the attention, but no.

I was eyerolling before, now im scared.


Were farked yall.


They have taken the science and the critical thinking. We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes, drums... drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow lurks in the dark. We can not get out... they are coming.
 
2012-06-26 07:50:26 PM  

This is what republicans actually believe.
It says so right on the goddamn cover!

2012
REPUBLICAN PARTY
OF TEXAS
Report of
Platform Committee
and
Rules Committee

 
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