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(Talking Points Memo)   Texas Republicans say they ACCIDENTALLY adopted a platform that opposes critical thinking skills   (tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 264
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2012-06-29 10:29:32 AM
I think Texas Republicans have accidentally the whole thing for a long time.
 
2012-06-29 10:33:49 AM
Wouldn't have happened if they had critical thinking skills.
 
2012-06-29 10:42:25 AM
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Ya want some dang critical thinkin'?
I think yer a flat-footed no-good carpet-baggin' son-of-sear-suited-manure-salesman who don't know diddly-SQUAT!
 
2012-06-29 10:44:52 AM
FTA: "I think the intent is that the Republican Party is opposed to the values clarification method that serves the purpose of challenging students beliefs and undermine parental authority," he said.

Of course, there's no mention of the "values clarification method," which was apparently introduced in the 1960s and out-of-vogue even by the late 1980s. Instead, the platform language refers to critical thinking, Higher Order Thinking Skills, and Outcome-Based Education. So, even given what the spokescritter says, it implies that the GOP is actually opposed to anything that goes to "challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority". Furthermore, it suggests that they're not interested in whether that is the intent for introducing it, but merely whether it can "serve the purpose" -- language even worse than the original. And, as it happens: Yes, one inherent hazard is that critical thinking can challenge a student's "fixed beliefs". Such challenge has little effect when the beliefs have a solid foundation; it's only when the fixed belief is such absolute bullshiat that it can't have a solid foundation that there's going to be an impact. Similarly, it can challenge parental authority if the parent is using that authority to sign off on "the sky is green" bullshiat. (Well, except in a few places near the leakier petroleum refineries.)

However, that's only a problem if you value "authority" over "truth".
Oh, wait.... this is the Texas GOP!

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2012-06-29 10:48:13 AM

propasaurus: Wouldn't have happened if they had critical thinking skills.


And I believe we're done here

/Secede you f*ckers
 
2012-06-29 10:53:02 AM

oldfarthenry: I think yer a flat-footed no-good carpet-baggin' son-of-sear-suited-manure-salesman who don't know diddly-SQUAT!


...you do know Yosemite is in Calfornia?
 
2012-06-29 11:08:21 AM

abb3w: Of course, there's no mention of the "values clarification method,"


We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs

D'oh!
 
2012-06-29 11:11:20 AM
Well, that's nice. One crazy, backwards plank down, seven hundred to go.
 
2012-06-29 11:18:39 AM
If it wasn't an accident, it's certainly a big change from the 2010 platform..

2010:
Knowledge-Based Education - The primary purpose of public schools is to teach critical thinking skills, reading, writing, arithmetic, phonics, history, science, and character as well as knowledge-based education, not job training. We support knowledge-based curriculum standards and tests. We support successful career and technology programs, but oppose mandatory career training. We oppose Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and similar programs. Further, because of an aging U.S. population and global competition, and because much of today's education teaches children to be employees or perhaps at best managers for employers, we encourage the teaching of entrepreneurial skills and investment skills.

2012
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.
 
2012-06-29 11:37:30 AM
On Homosexuality:
We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.


God???? The last time I checked this wasn't a theocracy assholes. Also I don't recall anything about homosexuality in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

On the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child:
We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Wow. Just wow.
 
2012-06-29 11:41:29 AM

Walker: On the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child:
We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Wow. Just wow.


Yeah. Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?
 
2012-06-29 11:46:31 AM

Walker: God???? The last time I checked this wasn't a theocracy assholes.


For a kick, check the last line of the Israel section...
 
2012-06-29 11:48:00 AM
You accidentally leave your fly open.

You don't accidentally define education philosophy and policy.
 
2012-06-29 11:52:37 AM

wingedkat: Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?


Presumably because its a dictum from a foreign source that challenges American sovereignty and undermines parents, just like critical thinking does.
 
2012-06-29 12:12:21 PM
As much as I hate to say I agree with the Texas Republicans, there's this:

We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens. Emergency War Powers and Martial Law Declarations - We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and end our declared state of emergency. Any Declaration of Martial law should be approved by Congress.

Though how about instead of "review and revise" we just "repeal"?
 
2012-06-29 12:17:57 PM
Someday I'm going to hire a bunch of Texans since they'll be ignorant, complacent, and will mindlessly obey any order given to them as long as I say God wants them to or whatever.
 
2012-06-29 12:22:15 PM
They aren't against it, they just want to look at it differently. For example, trains are part of a the socialist agenda meant to herd us all into cities where we'd have to see minorities on a daily basis, so here's what you do.

"If a privately-purchased bus, fueled by only American gas, leaves the megachurch at 11:30am, and the government-purchased bus filled with loose women and their gay friends leaves the federal office building at 11:15am going the government-mandated speed limit of 45mph. Assuming they are both equally 20 miles away, what's the average speed the bus from the megachurch will have to reach in order to beat the government bus to the abortion clinic?"
 
2012-06-29 12:30:24 PM

timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act


Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?
 
2012-06-29 12:53:45 PM
I'd watch a half-hour special with Rick Perry trying to explain how this is a good thing.
 
2012-06-29 12:55:24 PM

unyon: wingedkat: Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Presumably because its a dictum from a foreign source that challenges American sovereignty and undermines parents, just like critical thinking does.


It also sets down in law that children are separate people with individual rights, and as such are not property of their parents. They also oppose it, no kidding, because they think it will outlaw homeschooling.

By the way, the US is one of only three countries in the world that hasn't ratified our signing of the treaty. We join the great bastions of freedom Sudan and Somalia in this exclusive club. Go USA!!
 
2012-06-29 01:06:37 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?


This is similar to the backwardness that was "repeal DADT". Because a repeal implies a return to the pre-DADT status quo, which means investigating to see if you're gay and then kicking you out.

They see the War Powers Act as either an unconstitutional enabling (when the president is a Democrat) or an unreasonable restriction (when the president is a Republican) on executive power.
 
2012-06-29 01:07:39 PM

Chameleon: unyon: wingedkat: Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Presumably because its a dictum from a foreign source that challenges American sovereignty and undermines parents, just like critical thinking does.

It also sets down in law that children are separate people with individual rights, and as such are not property of their parents. They also oppose it, no kidding, because they think it will outlaw homeschooling.

By the way, the US is one of only three countries in the world that hasn't ratified our signing of the treaty. We join the great bastions of freedom Sudan and Somalia in this exclusive club. Go USA!!


Well, it'll also outlaw spanking, and Republicans are all about physical abuse.
 
2012-06-29 01:23:17 PM
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2012-06-29 01:55:59 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /Secede you f*ckers


Not everybody in Texas is like this. If they seceded, many people would have to uproot their families and move to a neighboring state to remain U.S. citizens.
 
2012-06-29 02:01:39 PM

jaylectricity: MaudlinMutantMollusk: /Secede you f*ckers

Not everybody in Texas is like this. If they seceded, many people would have to uproot their families and move to a neighboring state to remain U.S. citizens.


Ironically, worsening the illegal alien problem.
 
2012-06-29 02:05:35 PM

abb3w:
However, that's only a problem if you value "authority" over "truth".



As per my login name.
 
2012-06-29 02:09:52 PM

unyon: wingedkat: Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Presumably because its a dictum from a foreign source that challenges American sovereignty and undermines parents, just like critical thinking does.


Oh, of course.

I remember this treaty being signed. I did not realize we'd never ratified it.
 
2012-06-29 02:13:56 PM
Actually, I think that's been the GOP's platform for the last 15 years or so, here in Texas.

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2012-06-29 02:15:55 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?


I included that part because it was in the original paragraph, but the part I was most interested in was:
We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.
 
2012-06-29 02:25:45 PM
The entire platform is 22 pages long. Did nobody read the document?
 
2012-06-29 02:28:35 PM

timujin: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?

I included that part because it was in the original paragraph, but the part I was most interested in was:
We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.


OK, I get that. It's just a really, really ridiculous thing to include and almost a non sequitor with the rest of the paragraph.

I mean, to add to what vygramul said above, there are real fundamental, Constitutional problems with the War Powers Act, but I'll bet that the Texas GOP platform committee has no clue what those problems actually are, and are just calling for the repeal of something that sounds scary.
 
2012-06-29 02:41:17 PM

Diogenes: You accidentally leave your fly open.


maybe YOU do
 
2012-06-29 02:42:02 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?

I included that part because it was in the original paragraph, but the part I was most interested in was:
We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.

OK, I get that. It's just a really, really ridiculous thing to include and almost a non sequitor with the rest of the paragraph.

I mean, to add to what vygramul said above, there are real fundamental, Constitutional problems with the War Powers Act, but I'll bet that the Texas GOP platform committee has no clue what those problems actually are, and are just calling for the repeal of something that sounds scary.


WAR POWERS, OBAMA, WHAR?
 
2012-06-29 02:42:07 PM

Jackson Herring: Diogenes: You accidentally leave your fly open.

maybe YOU do


OK. Waiver for personal choice.
 
2012-06-29 02:49:53 PM

WTF Indeed: "If a privately-purchased bus, fueled by only American gas, leaves the megachurch at 11:30am, and the government-purchased bus filled with loose women and their gay friends leaves the federal office building at 11:15am going the government-mandated speed limit of 45mph. Assuming they are both equally 20 miles away, what's the average speed the bus from the megachurch will have to reach in order to beat the government bus to the abortion clinic?"


Assuming no lights and an instantaneous increase to each's respective velocity, I'd put it at 120mph.

It should get to its destination approximately one and a half minutes before the heathens.
 
2012-06-29 03:01:58 PM

timujin: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?

I included that part because it was in the original paragraph, but the part I was most interested in was:
We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens.

OK, I get that. It's just a really, really ridiculous thing to include and almost a non sequitor with the rest of the paragraph.

I mean, to add to what vygramul said above, there are real fundamental, Constitutional problems with the War Powers Act, but I'll bet that the Texas GOP platform committee has no clue what those problems actually are, and are just calling for the repeal of something that sounds scary.

WAR POWERS, OBAMA, WHAR?


See, that would make more sense, in a kind of pant-on-head stupid kind of way.
 
2012-06-29 03:26:08 PM
Ironic tag broken?
 
2012-06-29 03:28:43 PM

timujin: As much as I hate to say I agree with the Texas Republicans, there's this:

We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens. Emergency War Powers and Martial Law Declarations - We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and end our declared state of emergency. Any Declaration of Martial law should be approved by Congress.

Though how about instead of "review and revise" we just "repeal"?


What "state of emergency"?
 
2012-06-29 03:28:48 PM
b-b-but how you can indoctrinate your children if you allow them to think critically?!?!?
 
2012-06-29 03:29:54 PM
Wow. These people really WANT to be dumber and dumber. Amazing.
 
2012-06-29 03:30:22 PM
Hold the presses folks. Republicans don't want people to think critically. More from Ric Romero tonight.
 
2012-06-29 03:32:13 PM
Most accurate Republican Plank in years.

/don't think - just say "Ditto" after whatever I say.
 
2012-06-29 03:32:32 PM
This is what happens when you draft these things in an echo chamber. I'm sure they were all patting themselves on the back for coming up with the "no thinking" initiative.

Then normal humans get a look at it, point out that they just committed to stopping children from thinking, and everybody begins the walk back.
 
2012-06-29 03:33:31 PM
Later, Texas GOP members were heard rallying around "hypocritical thinking skills."
 
2012-06-29 03:35:11 PM
How could such a weird thing get stuck into their platform like that?

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"Mmm-hmm. Better add it to the platform."

Oh, that's how.
 
2012-06-29 03:35:44 PM
We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit.

You know, I've heard lots of people use this as a reason for opposing gay rights but it seems nobody ever explains what they mean by it. How, exactly, does homosexuality contribute to the breakdown of the family unit?
 
2012-06-29 03:36:09 PM
Here's another gem of a plank:

"We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child."

Of course you do.
 
2012-06-29 03:36:29 PM

HotWingConspiracy: This is what happens when you draft these things in an echo chamber. I'm sure they were all patting themselves on the back for coming up with the "no thinking" initiative.

Then normal humans get a look at it, point out that they just committed to stopping children from thinking, and everybody begins the walk back.


So, this is the GOP version of "the walk of shame"?

/yes, we know it sounded good in the middle of a rightwing circle jerk - but now the sun's up and it's back to reality.
 
2012-06-29 03:36:51 PM
so homeschool
 
2012-06-29 03:38:43 PM
Um.... no, I think you adopted in every possible fashion, and that lack of critical thinking was shown when you put it on your platform.

You farking morons.
 
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