In his Dangerously Irrelevant blog post, Scott McLeod expresses outrage about:
The Republican Party of Texas states in its official 2012 political platform:
“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 astounding since most everyone else in America seems to understand that our educational graduates and our employees need greater, not less, development of critical and higher-order thinking skills in order to be effective citizens, learners, and workers in our hyperconnected, hypercompetitive global information society. This political platform item is an absolutely stunning example of educational and economic cluelessness and is a surefire recipe for complete irrelevance in the 21st century. [Scott McLeod]
Scott, my friend, you need to celebrate this plank and hope it gets enacted. While I pity the Texas children who will be forever doomed to either a low level job or a life of meaningless indolence enabled by hereditary wealth, think of the benefit to those of us here in Minnesota and states where creative problem-solving is valued in workers.
If Richard Florida in his book The Rise of the Creative Class is correct, those families who do want their children to become creative, critical thinkers and now live in Texas will vote with their feet and move to places like Minnesota. We will get great kids in our schools, great employees for our companies, and more tax revenues to provide better services for everyone in our state. If Texans want a third world economy, who am I to say they shouldn't create one - especially if I am not forced to live there. I hope Texas would then be open to Minnesota's Tea Baggers moving to a more politically friendly state as well. (Think about it, Michelle - please, please, please!)
We'd like to see the housing market warm up again here in Minnesota, so motivated Texans just call the movers and head on north (just get on I35 and keep going). Miguel G, there is this nice rambler just down the road from me - right on the lake - that would be perfect for you.
And Scott, for gosh sakes, look a the big picture!