People who have sought to teach critical thinking have assumed that it is a skill, like riding a bicycle, and that, like other skills, once you learn it, you can apply it in any situation.
Research from cognitive science shows that thinking is not that sort of skill.
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.
Educational Entitlement – We encourage legislation that prohibits enrollment in free public schools of non-citizens unlawfully present in the United States.
It can’t be easily removed, he said, because the platform had been approved by a party convention and any changes would also have to go through the same process. You can see Stephen Colbert’s hilarious take on this episode by clicking here.
It also seems worth noting that there is some question as to whether critical thinking can actually be taught.
Early Childhood Development – We believe that parents are best suited to train their children in their early development and oppose mandatory pre-school and Kindergarten.
We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.
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.Then too, there are specific types of critical thinking that are characteristic of different subject matter: That’s what we mean when we refer to “thinking like a scientist” or “thinking like a historian.” Later in the article he writes: After more than 20 years of lamentation, exhortation, and little improvement, maybe it’s time to ask a fundamental question: Can critical thinking actually be taught?Decades of cognitive research point to a disappointing answer: not really.Funding of Education – We urge the Legislature to direct expenditures to academics as the first priority.