So. What's the justification here for opposing "the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills?" There must be some hyper-secretive right-wing political illuminati that's trying to keep everyone brainwashed into obedient Christian sheep!
Only it's not secretive at all. Courtesy of 'The Amazing Atheist,' but I won't bother to link to his video. He's too obnoxious to listen to for any length of time, even if you agree with most of the stuff he says.
So, is this TX Republican platform representative of all Republicans? Or just TX Republicans? Are we ruled by anti-intellectual morons? How did this happen?
I'm not entirely sold on the idea that OBE or even HOTS are superior to traditional teaching methods. Much of what HOTS advocates is what you get in higher education. Primary education is more about foundation building. I wouldn't necessarily treat or teach a toddler in the same method I would a high school student, nor would I teach a high school student the same as a college student. For that matter, grad students are generally taught differently than undergrad students. While there is some argument for accelerating the process for the entire population, there is also evidence that these proposed methods just can't be applied across the board.
Point is, this is a debate on teaching methodology, not substance. This isn't like teaching creationism, or selective history.