Who Needs Critical Thinking Anyway?

20 Jul

 

Apparently, critical thinking isn’t something that Texans or Republicans value as important. To them, parental authority and belief systems are more important than free-thinking and outcome-based knowledge. The Texas Republican GOP has officially added this to their 2012 platform. The document states “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 is absolutely ridiculous. Outcome-based knowledge is so important in life, and if you don’t learn things like this early, its even harder to learn them later in life. Critical thinking skills are also extremely valuable and don’t ever stop being valuable. Think about how many times job descriptions are looking for someone with critical thinking skills.

That’s not to mention that children should have the ability to think freely. I agree that parents should help shape their child to be the best they can be, but beliefs should always be questioned and revised, never fixed. If beliefs are fixed, nothing can be improved nor progress. Maybe progressive thinking is the basis for what the Texas Republicans are actually against.

Do you think critical thinking and outcome-based education are important?

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