2 July 2012

Conservative educational values alas

The Republican Party of Texas’s 2012 platform has a plank on education that reads:

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.

The first statement's an explicit statement of conservative orthodoxy. Of course, if you can't challenge fixed beliefs and the beliefs of the older generation, you pretty much can't have science or learning of any type. The next time I review a paper for a peer-reviewed journal, I'll have to try that one--"I don't think the paper should be published since it challenges our fixed beliefs and doesn't accord with what we all believed to be true three decades ago."

1 comment:

CyberKitten said...

If I didn't know the Republicans that would be almost unbelievable!