Critical Thinking Under Attack
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.
This provides a perfect example of why it is so so necessary to address the issues raised by this series. The Texas Republican platform represents a rising tide of forces aligned against the freedom of thought championed by public education. It may seem laughable, but we who care about education and the direction of our nation should take this as a wake-up call.
Don’t take “The Freedom To Think” for granted. Join us this year as we engage in open, critical dialogue on these controversial topics that define American values.