From The Answer Sheet at the Washington Post, Valerie Strauss says it best:
"In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the
Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012
platform as part of the section on education:
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."
And there you have it. No smarty-pants thinking for Texas kids. They obviously do not get that critical thinking - and thinking broadly - brings the kind of entrepreneurial ideas and innovations that built this country.
They also oppose:
"..early childhood education, sex education, and multicultural education,
but supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian
principles upon which America was founded.”
They do like things like corporal punishment ("effective and legal in Texas"). Interestingly they do like charters (but like local control) but they oppose "Foreign Culture Charter Schools" and I think they mean the Gulan charter group who get money from outside the country.
That race to the bottom seems to be among Texas, Florida and Louisiana (who has the early lead).