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SHOCKER! -- Republicans Oppose Critical Thinking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   

NoCriticalThinkingInTheGOPsThe Republican Party of Texas pulled the curtain back, just a little, on the true beliefs of Republicans everywhere.  They are against critical thinking.

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 Texas GOP Platform (at P - 12)

"Critical thinking" is "simply a relabeling of outcome-based education)"? Seriously?

I thought critical thinking was a basic life skill.  Critical thinking is the ability to distinguish between the truth and fiction.  Critical thinking is the ability to analyze data and understand it.  But Republicans don't want people to be able to do that.

Is it a surprise to anybody that Republicans don't want people to have critical thinking skills? They want their sheep to watch Faux News, believe everything they hear and read, and step in line.

Here in North Dakota you see that in Republican education policies. Increase tuition so only very few can afford it. Eliminate Pell Grants. Kill the university system. Increase class size. Close more and more schools so kids in rural communities have to ride buses for 2 or 3 hours (each way) to get to and from school. Sit back and wait for the impending education disaster in Williston to figure itself out.

All these things make sense when you consider that it's against the Republican Party's best interests for people to be able to think critically.


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Jason said:

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I agree that In ND the Higher Education system is overpriced. But I don't know how it will get cheaper if we want to make class sizes smaller.

And when it comes to closing rural schools. I put most of that blame on Wayne Sanstead.(sp?) I remember when my hometown school was closed. It was a small school but offered great education. He wouldn't even listen to the parents that went to the hearing to try to keep the school open. He wouldn't even let them choose what school district to merge into.

Of course the Board of Higher Education and State Superintendent are both quite liberal. But of course the Republicans do approve the tuition hikes...that being said...if they didn't they would be drug through the mud by you for holding education hostage by not allowing tuition fees to be raised.
 
June 27, 2012
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Chet said:

Wait.
"The Board of Higher Education and State Superintendent are quite liberal"?!?

All those people were appointed by bought-and-paid-for, teabagging corporatist right-wingers like John Hoeven and Jack Dalrymple, and you know it (unless you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years). They're all unqualified GOP activists and as right-wing as you'll find. And you're calling them "liberal?"

C'mon.

If you're gonna eat pot brownies in the middle of the day, you should at least bring enough to share with our other readers.
 
June 27, 2012
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big jake said:

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Let me say, I told you so. Once again, Jason has lived up to his history. He has no clue.

This is too easy.

The closing of rural schools was in total the response to the created farm crisis of the late 70's and 80's. If you empty out the countryside, schools will naturally fall victom to this phenomenon. The Superintendent and local schools had little choice and the emptying out is not yet over except in oil country. Schools are redundant if you don't have a population base to provide a viable economy. It still is not.
One thing these tea baggers and right wing nuts have in commone---their fear and loathing of thinking. It does not fit into their mindset. Their handlers count on that. Yesterday, a fine fellow exclaimed that Obama was the biggerst liar to ever sit in the White House. Like Jason, it was too easy. Maybe downright cruel. I asked him for one example. Just one--a fact to back up his statement. Of course he could not. Once he failed that, I peeled him like an onion---and in public. To quote lies made him a liar and I rubbed his nose in it. I have no foolish notion that this moron will see the light but he might be a little more leary of spouting Rushisms. It seems right to me to call whomever out when that are just lying. Lying is the enemy of a sound public discourse which we are so badly in need of. We can do better and it is so much fun to watch them twist in the wind.
 
June 27, 2012
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Steve C. said:

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Sorry to hear that your small town school was closed by Al Carslon and his other flea bagger friends, due to the lack of funding by the republicon controlled state leglistature. But hey, your guy is still willing to waste untold amounts of state taxpayer dollars to what....keep a nickname???? Sorry, but letting education suffer while fighting to keep a moniker is bullshit. Jason and his party proves again and again that education is not important.
 
June 28, 2012
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Jason said:

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Let's be clear...Hoeven and Big D are far FAR FAAAAR from conservative. They are as blue as the sky.

And yes the SBHE is extremely liberal. Just look how they have acted in the last 3 years. That's hardly the beacon of conservatism there.
 
June 28, 2012
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nimrod said:

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I'll have what he's having.
 
June 28, 2012
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Jason said:

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One example of Obama lying. "The HealthCare Mandate's fine is not a tax." Then argued in court that it was a tax.
 
June 28, 2012
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Chet said:

Jason's problems
Last time I checked, it was the justice department's job to defend legislation enacted by Congress, using whatever arguments present themselves from Congress's actions. If Congress said it was a tax, then it was a tax. It is also a Conservative tax, dreamed up by the Heritage Foundation, approved by Newt Gingrich and signed into law by Mitt Romney.

Second, you seem to equate "liberal" with "good" and "conservative" with "bad." What the SBHE has been doing for the past 10 years has been "conservative." Board members are card-carrying members of North Dakota's right-wing conservative party. If you don't like what they're doing, you can't just say, "They're acting liberal."

The thing is... they're acting badly (on many things). And they're conservatives.

Deal with it.

My theory is that by engaging in some of the corruption they've been engaging in, they're trying to undermine Democrat's argument that government can do do things that are good. By doing bad things, conservatives can get fools to think all government is bad, and that we need to eliminate that part of our education system.

Turns out... their strategy may be working.
 
June 28, 2012
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elitist liberal scum said:

Jason's right
ND Republicans aren't just liberals, they're socialists. They've had control of state government for 20 years and have not dissolved the socialist Bank of North Dakota, have not privatized the socialist State Mill and Elevator, and operate an insurance company for employers (hmmm, mandatory insurance?) to compensate injured workers. Commies, every one of them.
 
June 28, 2012
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Jason said:

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I don't care if Romney signed a similar law. It was still sold as a fine and not a tax. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/po...not-a-tax/

And don't fool yourself. Who does the Justice Department Report to? The Big guy himself.
 
June 28, 2012
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D.E.Bishop said:

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Chet has it right on the teabagger/Koch/ALEC plan to continue gaining control of the populace. Less educated people as less dangerous. They've been at this for at least 40 years - little by little, bit by bit. Critical thinking is the very last thing they want. We can see how that works by listening to teabaggers, and even usually thoughtful people who've been snowballed by pervasive Rightwingnut propaganda. Oh, and this Jason guy is clearly a perfect example of the TB/K/ALEC plan coming to fruition. Sad, very sad.
 
July 01, 2012
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big jake said:

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I think that elistist liberal scum is closer to right----the good ole boys that have been running the show here for the last 20 years are pinko commies. Nothing else fits----right Jason?

We could do without the State Bank. It has not followed its charter for decades. It does give the controllers a vehicle. But the alternative to eliminate it and turn everything over to the private bankers is not the best idea either.

As to the State Mill, it has not served, as was intended, to assist in getting a fair price for our production for those who produce. It won't in the future. We could do without it but then the big grain boys would have complete control. However, it is the futures market coupled with the farm program as presently existing that allows our production to be bought at low prices(low in relation to the indexes that are mandatory for USDA to keep---the monthly parity price).

Both of these institutions could be used to be far more effective in serving the state's citizens. The current notion of conservatism is a far cry from its roots and the alleged liberalism is extremely weak. The object of entire system from its inception was to keep us from looking like the Europe of our ancestors--a world with 3 classes--one that owns and controls everything, the group that does their work and everyone else. Take a closer look and you will find that we are steadily moving in the direction opposite from the Jeffersonian/Franklin/Locke model. It has nothing to do with conservatism.
 
July 02, 2012
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