Teaching Critical Thinking In Public Schools

Reactionaries have long known that enshrining ignorance and hierarchy in both thought and practice within the school curriculum is essential if the control of young minds is to be accomplished softly and quietly yet profoundly through propaganda and perception management.

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IDEA Public Schools One of the purveyors of such rubbish is Texas educational retail chain IDEA Public Schools.

IDEA is a retail charter outfit that standardizes curriculum downwards, away from critical thinking, embracing instead rote memorization and regurgitation, or what I call the “anorexic/bulimic” learning model of intellectual atrophy, ossification, and decay. This status was obtained for tax purposes, and it would take another article to demonstrate how nonprofit status has been hijacked by special interests (charter schools in this case) in the interest of profit extraction.

and even more importantly, how to accept and internalize hierarchical authoritarianism.

Critical thinking is a direct challenge to the “leaders” and their claims on authority, and any opposition to vertical arrangements is ethically unacceptable to those in power.

The Republican Party of Texas has issued their 2012 political platform and has come out and blatantly opposed critical thinking in public schools throughout the state.

If you wonder what took them so long to actually state that publicly, it is really a matter of timing.Keeping with the Republican platform, they promise to make obedience training and anti-intellectualism the cornerstone and foundation of education in Texas, to the detriment of students and society.The Age of Irrationality and the Abdication of Reason In the case of the Texas Republican Party, they have really upped the stakes.Supernaturalism and supernatural beliefs no doubt will continue to snake their way into public school lesson plans, and as Texas will have significant impact on the content of all the nation’s texts through its textbook purchasing power, we may find that the tale of the Loch Ness Monster is now told to children as if it were a true story in science classes. This is now the case in Louisiana where, as The Washington Post reported, “A biology textbook used by a Christian school in Louisiana that will be accepting students with publicly funded vouchers in the fall says that the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland is real.And it isn’t just any monster but a dinosaur – an effort to debunk evolution and bolster creationist theory.” Remember: In Louisiana, taxpayer money is given in the form of school vouchers so that parents can now see their tax monies spent on a supernatural curriculum bent on teaching that the Loch Ness Monster and other fairy tales are true.The Texas GOP is simply creating the new conditions for a technological form of Plato’s Cave with zero tolerance and the school-to-prison pipeline.The Republican Party platform gets worse when it comes to prohibiting thinking critically about science or the scientific method.IDEA currently enrolls over 9,000 students, with campuses in ten communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.When all IDEA schools are at full scale (serving students in K-12th grade), IDEA will serve 15,000 from communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.” The company is moving across the Texas prairie, taking down traditional public schools like locusts consuming wheat fields.In fact, IDEA Public Schools is public only because it takes public subsidies to stay alive.IDEA’s board members include representatives from JPMorgan, Teach for America, International Bank of Commerce, Wells Fargo and other Wall Street banking concerns.

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