Texas GOP Formally Opposes Critical Thinking In Schools

(h/t: ThinkProgress)

Texas GOP Educational Policy
Texas GOP Educational Policy

As Dave Barry used to say, I swear I am not making this up. You could certainly be forgiven if you assumed I was making it up, because such a statement sounds so obviously ridiculous that no one – not even the Texas GOP – could possibly say it and mean it. Alas, you’d be wrong. Page 13 (or, in Texas GOP-numeration, “page 12” – go figure) states the following (pdf):

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

Why? Why would even such a revanchist entity as the Texas GOP oppose what they call “HOTS” (but you may be familiar with as TAG or the gifted program), as well as critical thinking, period? Because it has…

…the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

No, really. Go read it for yourself. Then go and wonder no more why America’s academic achievement continues to slip relative to other countries.