Friday, June 29, 2012
Republicans Against Thinking
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled Obamacare is constitutional, we can all huddle in terror and tremble for our lost liberty, the death of freedom, the complete government takeover of health care, and last but not least, death panels.
Cue fear reaction.
We were warned.
Those of us who are even moderately informed, and have a slight ability for critical thinking, won't be holding our breaths waiting to be shown those death panels the Right Wing authoritarians were shrieking about not so long ago.
Yes they lied. No matter. They will always lie.
The greatest threat to authoritarians is the ability of people to think for themselves.
It's time the Radical Right did something about this dire threat to their propaganda and power.
Let’s look to Texas Republicans for their solution to neutralize this threat. Check this from Education Week:
"Texas GOP: No More Critical Thinking in Schools"
The 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform, adopted June 9 at the state convention in Forth Worth, seems to take a stand against, well, the teaching of critical thinking skills. Read it for yourself:
“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.”
Right. We all know whose “beliefs” and “authority” are threatened by critical thinking.
Not surprisingly, it turns out the authoritarians are urging for more authority.
In that same section of the document, labeled "Educating Our Children," the Texas Republicans go on to state that they "oppose mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten." And, in a statement that human rights groups (and many others) will find difficult to stomach, the platform says, "We recommend that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas."
While corporal punishment is in fact legal in Texas—and 18 other states, according to The Center for Effective Discipline—we're still poking around to find the research backing its effectiveness in the Lone Star State. Nothing so far. Readers, let us know what you come across.
And while you’re at it, let us know where we can find one of those death panels, too.
Nothing so far? Keep looking. The “liberal media” must be hiding them somewhere.
Authoritarian leaders would never misinform us and demand we take their word for anything, right?