I’m not exaggerating. I can’t make this shit up. This is scary. The Texas GOP wants people to stay stupid, and though that is not their term, they might have just as well said it. Here are their entire published platforms (2012 Texas GOP Platforms), but I only need to quote three of them.
Under the section titled, “Educating our Children,” consider these three platforms:
“Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
“American Identity Patriotism and Loyalty – We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive. We favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty instead of political correctness that nurtures alienation among racial and ethnic groups. Students should pledge allegiance to the American and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism.”
“Classroom Discipline – 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.”
What do I take from this? Well if i be grownenup in teXass if dat stuff pases, shit mann i’d betaking my guns (all sicks of dem) and getting my own ways doin things. Who needs all dem fuckin intiliignt peeple who thinkk they no whats goin oon. get away you muthr fuckin imiggrant hoo dosnet look like me! ill smak you side the head like my teachrs did!
Ok, my stupid-speak needs work, but what the hell?! This is what they are saying: “Stop thinking for yourself, do not question the authority of your parents or your church, other cultures do not matter, and if you question this we reserve the right to beat it into you! We are stupid, and we want to keep you stupid too (at any cost, remember we did say ‘corporal punishment’ lest you forgot).”
In a world where we need clearer and clearer thinking to get ourselves out of big holes we have dug for ourselves (recession, future national financial health, diminishing natural resources, ethnic/religious/gender tensions) and holes not of our own (global warming), the Texas Republicans couldn’t be any more wrong and backward. We need to think better, we need to be able to interact with a whole collage of different peoples, and hitting never encourages the appropriate kind of learning.
The only way for our children to have brighter futures in their own careers and their country is to teach them to think well. That is why a liberal education is so damn important. Employers don’t want dumbasses who can only spit back preprogrammed information that will be obsolete in two years. They want people who can think, who can adapt to new situations, and solve real, messy problems. This is what our country needs more than ever.
Texas Republicans are just idiots if they can’t see any of that.