The Texas GOP has issued an apology for advocating the prohibition of the teaching of critical thinking skills in public schools.

From TPM:

The plank in question, on “Knowledge-Based Education,” reads as follows:

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.

Elsewhere in the document, the platform stipulates that “[e]very Republican is responsible for implementing this platform.”

Apparently they’re stuck with it until 2014.


The platform actually makes a fascinating read.  The Republicans there do unequivocally oppose human trafficking, which is cool I guess.  No doubt they are incurring the wrath of the formidable pro-trafficking lobby.

The support home schooling (and corporate punishment) in Foster Homes.

But here’s a twist, or is it?  They support mandatory labelling for GMO products.  And they oppose smart meters!  They oppose mandatory vaccinations.  I didn’t see anything about water fluoridation.

They oppose bureacrats (“Czars”).

They oppose D.C. statehood.

They oppose slavery reparations.

They want the EPA abolished.

They want Confererate widows honored with plaques.

They support motherhood.

They want to inform us that homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.

They oppose rights for children (unless they’re unborn).

Read the whole platform.  It’s fascinating!