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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 300
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2012-06-26 12:45:02 PM  
To be fair, you really need to lack critical thinking skills to support them.
 
2012-06-26 12:50:29 PM  
wonkette.com

/Obligatory
 
2012-06-26 12:51:20 PM  
F*ck Texas.
 
2012-06-26 12:57:29 PM  
Racing to the bottom.
 
2012-06-26 12:59:51 PM  
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.
 
2012-06-26 01:02:02 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.


Every parent should be outraged.
But it's Texas and they sill think the lack of sexual education is a form of contraception so....
 
2012-06-26 01:13:48 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.


All I can say is holy farking shiat.
 
2012-06-26 01:14:17 PM  
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."

Great. That actually is what science and critical thinking is all about.

Of course they don't really want what they are asking for here. By "new data" they really mean baseless speculation and made up, laughable bullshiat designed to insulate kids from knowing about the world around them and substitute reality with bronze age mythology.

In other words, taxpayer funded child abuse.
 
2012-06-26 01:21:35 PM  
Sounds like, with all the derp being generated in Arizona, someone decided that Texas needs to step up their game.
 
2012-06-26 01:27:26 PM  
"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."

Sure, can't have them racial and ethnic minorities thinking they're as good as we are. That would be divisive.
 
2012-06-26 01:28:31 PM  
I've often wondered where I could send my child to be indoctrinated and beaten. Thanks, Texas!
 
2012-06-26 01:44:55 PM  
I've always wanted to teach in a school where I could brainwash the kids and beat them. Thanks, Texas!
 
2012-06-26 02:03:08 PM  
Because telling children about other religions makes them leave the Christian faith.

/someone sounds very insecure about his/her own faith
//surprised repeal of the 19th Amendment isn't part of their platform.
 
2012-06-26 02:03:26 PM  
There were 5 points there with the 4th point was not teaching critical thinking. In fairness, you will need to eliminate critical thinking prior to supporting the other points. It should really be at the top of their list.

Rule #1: don't think
Rule #2: remain ignorant
Rule #3: be fearful of what you don't know
Rule #4: hate that which you fear
Rule #5: dark side
 
2012-06-26 02:17:18 PM  
Ironic use of not controversial? So we shouldn't think about it then?

/go on, keep ignoring rapid climate changes in the past that are very like what is happening now
 
2012-06-26 02:23:43 PM  
img9.imageshack.us

/synonymous with the SAD tag
 
2012-06-26 02:32:25 PM  
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

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Fark?
 
2012-06-26 02:38:19 PM  

RobertBruce: Ironic use of not controversial? So we shouldn't think about it then?

/go on, keep ignoring rapid climate changes in the past that are very like what is happening now


wat
 
2012-06-26 02:41:01 PM  

RobertBruce: Ironic use of not controversial? So we shouldn't think about it then?

/go on, keep ignoring rapid climate changes in the past that are very like what is happening now


Look, someone got a talking point!
 
2012-06-26 02:46:07 PM  
So which Christian values?

These?

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him:
2 and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when [men] shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do [men] light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house.

Or maybe:

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

Or perhaps:

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Or even maybe:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Truly, this could be considered:

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

I mean, so much to choose from. This Jesus dude was pretty cool. He even liked helping people who needed help:

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.
2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home."
7 Then the man got up and went home.
8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

I mean, the dude even has answers about Taxes!

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.
17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?"

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius,
20 and he asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?"

21 "Caesar's," they replied.

Then he said to them, "So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
 
2012-06-26 03:04:08 PM  
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
--Amos Bronson Alcott
 
2012-06-26 03:27:54 PM  
Secede you f*ckers
 
2012-06-26 03:32:20 PM  
Look, how else are you going to get more religious people? Got to keep the people stupid and oppressed, so the dangle of a world where they aren't getting shiat on has value. That's the core of religion right there, convincing morons to wish for a better world after they die instead of a better world while they are alive.
 
2012-06-26 03:33:43 PM  
WTF happened to you Texas? you used to be cool....
 
2012-06-26 03:40:42 PM  
Remember when Obama was accused of indoctrinating our children with his "work hard in school" talk to students?

Good times.
 
2012-06-26 03:40:57 PM  

Weaver95: WTF happened to you Texas? you used to be cool....


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-06-26 04:12:09 PM  
Critical thinking makes my brain hurt ya'll.
 
2012-06-26 04:18:28 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Remember when Obama was accused of indoctrinating our children with his "work hard in school" talk to students?

Good times.


He also asked them what they could do for their country. That's farking Communism I'm pretty sure.
 
2012-06-26 04:34:06 PM  
Holy shiat, they actually said that.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-26 04:38:05 PM  
Who doesn't want to ban their personal kyrptonite?
 
2012-06-26 04:39:04 PM  

propasaurus: "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."

Sure, can't have them racial and ethnic minorities thinking they're as good as we are. That would be divisive.


Exactly. And I hope everyone is taking notes, because this is PERFECT Rovian strategy at work: if you try to teach a bunch of ignorant, racist, xenophobic assholes about other cultures, YOU'RE the one that's nurturing "alienation among racial and ethnic groups".

Just wow.
 
2012-06-26 04:40:45 PM  
This is the sort of thing I point to when someone from Texas points out that they have NASA installations there as a sign that Texas is on the forefront of education in this country.
 
2012-06-26 04:44:09 PM  
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.
 
2012-06-26 04:47:52 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-26 04:48:43 PM  

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
 
2012-06-26 04:49:06 PM  

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

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


You're joking, right? Let them take Oklahoma and Kansas with them!
 
2012-06-26 04:56:39 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


Arguably they're running a bona fide automaton for President right now. Running someone who is mentally challenged would be a step up.
 
2012-06-26 05:18:03 PM  
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?
 
2012-06-26 05:21:49 PM  

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?


What, do you want to confuse people who demand black and white views on things?
 
2012-06-26 05:26:10 PM  

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?


As long as that doesn't mean presenting religious bullshiat like Intelligent Design alongside it as "balance" or "teaching the controversy." Science is already presented and taught as theories. What these guys want, however, is to inject their religion into it.
 
2012-06-26 05:30:48 PM  
We are doomed as a nation.
 
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.
 
2012-06-26 05:55:43 PM  

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.


:-)
 
2012-06-26 06:01:31 PM  

RobertBruce: Ironic use of not controversial? So we shouldn't think about it then?

/go on, keep ignoring rapid climate changes in the past that are very like what is happening now


You should defend this platform more. You look awesome doing it.
 
2012-06-26 06:02:15 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-26 06:07:03 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-26 06:10:56 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Weaver95: WTF happened to you Texas? you used to be cool....

[imgs.xkcd.com image 500x271]


Hey. Watch it, Arizona.

And while this platform is chock full of derp, it IS just the Texas GOP, not the entire state. However, the disheartening part of it is that most of the state votes straight ticket Republican (but not the big cities & the Rio Grande Valley). I bet if you took one plank out and presented it to people, it'd get maybe 25% approval. But if you slap an R on it and put it in the platform, well then everyone's for it because HEAVEN FORBID you practice cafeteria politics.

Living here, I end up talking politics with a lot of good ol' boys & the feeling I get is mostly RON PAUL and personal liberty, but since he'll never win, they'll just vote R because a) that's what they've always done and b) Obama is a communist or some other derp like that (we get it, he's black).

So there's my take. Sigh. This really is just.... extremely stupid.
 
2012-06-26 06:13:15 PM  

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.
 
2012-06-26 06:14:05 PM  
Isn't critical thought supposed to be the ultimate goal of education? Well, unless you live in a theocracy or a dictatorship where ideology is Truth. So, yeah, about right for Texas.
 
2012-06-26 06:15:30 PM  

Di Atribe: Living here, I end up talking politics with a lot of good ol' boys & the feeling I get is mostly RON PAUL and personal liberty, but since he'll never win, they'll just vote R because a) that's what they've always done and b) Obama is a communist or some other derp like that (we get it, he's black).


I applaud your bravery.
 
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