Post # 1
Texas Republicans vote to “oppose the teaching of ‘higher order thinking skills’ — a curriculum which strives to encourage critical thinking — arguing that it might challenge ‘student’s fixed beliefs’ and undermine ‘parental authority.'”
When I first saw this, I thought it was from the Onion. But Republicans just explicitly rejected developing children’s critical thinking skills.
ETA: Although I live in Massachusetts, I grew up in TX. My FB was blowing up with posts about it.
Post # 3
Not from Texas, but that makes me sad…
Post # 4
Texas should probably consider seceding from the Union..lol
Post # 5
@Eva Peron: You joke, but I am sure Texas would be more than happy just to be it’s own country.
ETA: Not knocking texas I just know more than one texan who couldn’t imagine it being anything less than the best. Re: the educational topic… well, yeah that’s the kind of purposeful ostriching in education is a move that will limit your kids’ for YEARS.
Post # 6
As an elementary school teacher in Texas it infuriates me. What especially ticks me off is this “Additionally, the document states the party opposes mandatory pre-school and kindergarten, saying parents are “best suited to train their children in their early development.”
I work at a Title 1 school and I can say the majority of our parents no nothing about the development of their children and what’s appropriate for their child’s age. How can we expect to be world competitors when we don’t even allow children to receive the education that they deserve?
I am so tired of non-educators making decisions that affect students and educators. Sigh.
Post # 7
Texas CAN’T Secede from the union… No matter what the red-necks tell you!
Also, this is so very sad but so very expected. Being one of the few liberals in Texas, it is usually just so much easier to close my eyes and pretend like stuff like this doesn’t exist. Because, there is nothing I can do about it and it makes me too sad to think about that.
Post # 8
@Clairebella: I know lol! I think it would be a viable solution, since I know not only how much pride they have but also it would allow them to live by the values and such they desire.
Post # 9
I HATE that there is so many stereotypes about Texas and that everyone is lumped together. Yes, a lot of us are Republicans but it doesn’t mean we are all one mind and think the same things…
Post # 10
@mightywombat: Wahaha, “When I first saw this, I thought it was from the Onion.”
Post # 11
Also: I know the seceding is a stereotype, and I know there are plenty of free thinking folks with completely different agendas. I only kid 😉
but that really is unfortunate!
Post # 13
@Mrs Hedgehog: Really red-necks??? How open minded of you…
ETA: what do you mean one of the FEW liberals?? Did you watch the election numbers when Obama was running it was pretty damn close the whole time AND Austin is full of liberals. You’re not helping these bullshit stereotypes that cling to our state.
Post # 14
Well, as a well educated and education loving Texan Republican, this is pitiful. I come from a family full of teachers and know the education system is a mess. And I would like to point out this isn’t actual legislation but the party platform which reps are not actually required to vote on when it comes to laws.
Post # 15
@MrsPom: When I was in college, I wrote an editorial in the (northern) school newspaper defending Texas from a lot of those stereotypes. It is a much more diverse state than most people realize.
But man, stuff like this sure doesn’t help me convince anyone!
@chasesgirl: this isn’t actual legislation but the party platform which reps are not actually required to vote on when it comes to laws. this isn’t actual legislation but the party platform which reps are not actually required to vote on when it comes to laws.
Very true, but as a statement of party principles, approved by the majority, it’s pretty damning.