I didn't know that what I've been saying is diametrically opposed to the Texas Republican party's agenda. It's true that Texas governor Rick Perry has quietly been appointing people who want creationism taught in science courses to the state Board of Education. But the published 2012 Texas GOP platform makes it clear how they really want to shape the minds of young people.
On Page 12 of The Republican Party of Texas: "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 Texas Republican solution: Keep school children ignorant. Keep their minds on an emotional, irrational level and they won't question Christian beliefs. And now they've gone public about it. Maybe they believe most God-fearing Americans feel the same way.
But I wonder - Is it really true that most Americans actually want politicians to manipulate the education system in order to limit the intellectual capacity of their children?
What about you? What do you think?
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2012. Building Personal Strength . (Permission to use image purchased from fotolia.com)