Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

George Lakoff and Elisabeth Wehling suggest better framing for speeches about immigrants.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/12333-appreciating-undocumented-americans

 

John Fife on origins of the Sanctuary movement. A reminder of ways that our failed immigration practices are linked to some of the worst alliances of our foreign policy.

http://ncronline.org/news/immigration-and-church/new-sanctuary-movement-border-can-spiritually-transform-us

 

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Fox News has signed Dennis Kucinich.

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/317-65/15585-dennis-kucinich-signs-on-as-fox-news-commentator

 

What is an Assange? Part 2. John Cusack’s conversations continue here about freedom of information (with links to part 1 and many other important parts of this struggle).

http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-Is-an-Assange-Part-2-by-John-Cusack-130117-368.html

 

Daniel Ellsberg discusses the well-known as well as the psychological deterrents to whistle-blowers in military and intelligence branches of government and its contractors. Equally important is his discussion of the many other areas where whistle-blowing has seemed morally desirable. <The information was vital to Constitutional processes of decision-making on an ongoing war in which tens of thousands of US citizens and millions of Vietnamese had been-in effect-lied to death.> This is tough language. But the <honor code> also prevents a democratic legislature from learning about undemocratic acts by am executive branch, for instance.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/294-159/15541-focus-secrecy-and-national-security-whistleblowing

 

Chris Hedges deplores the widening surveillance of activist citizens.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/07-0

 

Noam Chomsky at Alexander Cockburn memorial.

http://blip.tv/grittv/noam-chomsky-at-alexander-cockburn-memorial-6389335

 

The NDAA. Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, and Daniel Ellsberg are suing Obama over the issue of indefinite military detention of US citizens. Read Hedges’ account of the issues. <The corporate state knows that the steady deterioration of the economy and the increasingly savage effects of climate change will create widespread social instability. It knows that rage will mount as the elites squander diminishing resources while the poor, as well as the working and middle classes, are driven into destitution. It wants to have the legal measures to keep us cowed, afraid and under control. It does not, I suspect, trust the police to maintain order.>

http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/64-64/15215-focus-the-final-battle

 

Court rules activists can sue government spies who infiltrate.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13542-court-rules-antiwar-activists-can-sue-government-spies

 

Blasphemy laws and the UN. Report from Human Rights First.

http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/646819-blasphemy-laws-exposed-the-consequences-of-criminalizing-defamation-of-religions

 

Surveillance to continue, unregulated. Senate momentarily becomes bipartisan in continuing the worst of the Bush-Cheney destruction of the Constitution. Glenn Greenwald’s story runs in Guardian. Would any MSM dare to publish it?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/28/fisa-feinstein-obama-democrats-eavesdropping

 

Watch Thom Hartmann on the defeat of three amendments to preserve some civil liberties.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13606-on-the-news-with-thom-hartmann-civil-liberties-were-once-again-defeated-in-the-senate-on-thursday-and-more

 

Craig Brown discusses the ways in which FBI, Homeland Security, and corporate interests coordinated in suppressing Occupy movements.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/23

 

Juan Cole contends that FBI violated Constitution in terming Occupy a terrorist threat.

http://www.juancole.com/2012/12/constitution-branding-terrorist.html

 

Naomi Wolf details the implications of <fusion centers> linking government and private organizations to deal with Occupy <terrorists.>

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/29/fbi-coordinated-crackdown-occupy

 

Smothering Wikileaks by closing off its donor sources. Jillian York describes this unprecedented violation of journalistic freedom — and suggests some work-arounds.

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/15180-the-new-vanguard-of-journalism-and-transparency

 

Juan Cole discusses charges that Israel targets journalists.

http://www.juancole.com/2012/11/rts-abby-martin-accuses-israel-of-war-crimes-for-targetting-journalists.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+juancole%2Fymbn+%28Informed+Comment%29

 

Charges dismissed against <Vandenberg 15.>

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/307-11/14194-daniel-ellsberg-and-14-nuclear-protesters-are-victorious-in-federal-court

 

Al Jazeera posts excellent video on the increasing growth of our surveillance state.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKh1euc-vTA&feature=em-uploademail-new

 

Humanist lists have had lengthy discussions regarding WikiLeaks and the ethics of whistle-blowing. Andy Greenberg’s history of some of those issues would seem essential reading. Evgeny Morozof reviews.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/books/review/this-machine-kills-secrets-by-andy-greenberg.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper

 

Obituary of Nguyen Chi Thien. A reminder of what totalitarian governments regularly do to their dissidents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/arts/nguyen-chi-thien-vietnamese-dissident-poet-dies-at-73.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper

 

Given the range of comments on the recent murders in Libya (and the media misquoting of Sec. Clinton, for instance), Roy Speckhardt’s Huffington Post is a strong humanist defense of religious freedom. We should circulate it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roy-speckhardt/what-the-libyan-embassy-attack-teaches-us-about-true-religious-freedom_b_1881293.html

 

Jimmy Carter’s forthright letter on the disgraceful human rights record of the US in the past decade. “The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights….our country can no longer speak with moral authority on

these critical issues.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/americas-shameful-human-rights- record.html

 

Noam Chomsky helped the University of St. Andrews celebrate with his warnings about the shredding of human rights.

A speech to contemplate and to distribute

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/12498-noam-chomsky- the-shredding-of-our-fundamental-rights

 

Noam Chomsky on how we destroyed the Commons

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Noam-Chomsky-Destroying-t-by-Tom- Engelhardt-120723-39.html

 

Noam Chomsky reminds us that we only denounce the human rights abuses of our enemies — not our own or those of our allies and dominated nations

http://truth-out.org/news/item/9559-verdict-revives-egyptian-anger

 

Paul Craig Roberts: US second only to Israel as a human rights violatorhttp://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/6046

 

David Kirkpatrick gets beyond simple religious affront in seeking causes for the violence occasioned by the recent video. “…[T]he traditionalism of people of both faiths in the region conflicted with Western individualism and secularism.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/world/middleeast/muslims-rage-over-film-fueled-by-culture-divide.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=todayspaper

 

Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Dolan, both Catholic. Read Laurie Goodstein’s account of their encounter (that won’t, alas,

be on YouTube).

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/nyregion/stephen-colbert-and-cardinal-cardinal-timothy-dolan-at-fordham-university.html?ref=todayspape

 

Michiko Kakutani’s review of Salman Rushdie’s new book points to the terrorism of that initial fatwa and the

development of radical Islam. Mishra best sums up Rushdie’s situation: “The Satanic Verses itself is less about the

immigrant condition than a helplessly Anglophilic Indian’s profound ambivalence about a British ruling class that

regards him as a wog.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/books/in-joseph-anton-salman-rushdie-revisits-death-threat.html?ref=todayspaper

 

David Remnick on Rushdie’s “Joseph Anton.”

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/09/rushdie-and-after.htm

 

Pankaj Mishra on Rushdie’s “Joseph Anton.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/18/joseph-anton-salman-rushdie-review

 

Tom Friedman cites examples of religious hate speech as a problem with many cultures. But he stops short of an absolute defense of free speech.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/opinion/friedman-look-in-your-mirror.html?ref=thomaslfriedman

 

Mark Juergensmeyer, long-time scholar of inter-religious tensions, probes the politics behind the American-based Coptic filmmaker and the angry Arab protesters. “Both are extremists with a political agenda, and both want to use this incident to discredit the legitimacy of the moderate governments in power in their respective countries.”

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/6389/kindred_hatemongers%3A_why_american_islamophobes_and_muslim_protesters_need_each_other_/

 

Reuters summarizes latest Pew study that there are increasing restrictions and harassment of religions. (Which, if any, restrictions are morally justifiable? Polygamy? Female genital mutilation? Male circumcision? Home schooling? Non-schooling? Child marriage? Medical avoidance? Nudity? Concealing female clothing? Child- and wife beating? Death penalties for apostasy, adultery, blasphemy?

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE88K00V20120921?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

 

Bruce Lawrence discusses journalistic perceptions of Muslim rage/outrage in our times of instant image sharing and issues of censorship. He also explores the lines between hate speech and free speech.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/6417/rage_or_courage%3A_youtube_terrorism_take_two

 

Katha Pollitt argues that there is no way to outlaw “blasphemy” without curtailing free speech.– and makes the important case that humanity has progressed via blasphemy against such things as theocracy.

http://www.thenation.com/article/170189/blasphemy-good-you?rel=emailNation%22#

 

Bruce Lawrence explores the timing and intentions of the viral film now upsetting the Muslim world.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/6387/youtube_terrorism

 

Pope in Beirut argues for religious freedom.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/world/middleeast/pope-benedict-xvi-in-lebanon-makes-plea-for-religious-freedom.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Austin Dacey on the current state of “blasphemy” discussions.

http://therevealer.org/archives/12895

 

human rights first posts a detailed analysis of blasphemy laws.

http://c3414097.r97.cf0.rackcdn.com/120820BalphemyCases.pdf

 

Amy Goodman interviews Tavis Smiley and Cornel West as they begin new Poverty Tour 2.0.

http://www.nationofchange.org/us-inequality-widens-cornel-west-and-tavis-smiley-launch-poverty-tour-20-1347550922

 

Rob Kall, always worth reading, probes the virality of the anti-Mohammed video.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Anti-Muslim-Hate-Video-Goe-by-Rob-Kall-120913-355.html

 

Full Frontal Freedom. A viral anti-Romney video illustrating the depths to which US political discourse has fallen.

http://front.moveon.org/five-guys-took-a-boy-band-anthem-and-created-one-of-the-best-romney-parodies-hands-down/

 

The rights of whistle-blowers. A new test case.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/us/doctor-who-warned-of-spirit-lake-abuse-is-reprimanded.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Peter Singer on the uses and abuses of religious freedom

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-use-and-abuse-of-religious-freedom

 

Supreme Court on TV >indecency< (nudity and curses) in terms of 1st Amendment rights.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/business/media/justices-reject-indecency-fines-on-narrow-grounds.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Philadelphia. Msgr. Lynn convicted on child endangerment, the first case of a church official being convicted in connection with handling child abuse issues.

http://ncronline.org/news/people/guilty-verdict-philadelphia-first-sex-abuse-cases

 

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Is housing a human right? Laura Gottesdiener shows how Occupy is saying Yes.

http://www.utne.com/politics/making-housing-a-human-right.aspx?newsletter=1+&utm_content=01.04.13+Mind+and+Body&utm_campaign=2013+ENEWS&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email

 

Lewis Lapham calls war on drugs a war on human nature.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175626/tomgram%3A_lewis_lapham%2C_drugs_and_the_national_security_state/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tomdispatch%2FesUU+%28TomDispatch%3A+The+latest+Tomgram%29

 

A model for dealing with homelessness?

http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/post-sandy-housing-crisis-2012-12/

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Somewhat surprisingly, WSJ’s James Taranto criticizes the recent actions by Virginia’s Republican legislature while Democrats were attending the inauguration.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324039504578264012748734322.html

 

The power of the gerrymander. Ian Millhiser calculates that Democrats would have to achieve a 7-point lead in the popular vote to regain control of the House.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/02/1382471/thanks-to-gerrymandering-democrats-would-need-to-win-the-popular-vote-by-over-7-percent-to-take-back-the-house/

 

Jeffrey Toobin on the future of the voting rights act.

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2013/01/14/130114taco_talk_toobin?mbid=nl_Daily%20(154)

 

This documentation of voting impairment in central Florida was surely intentional and surely widespread.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-discouraged-voters-20121229,0,215136.storyhttp://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-discouraged-voters-20121229,0,215136.story

 

Bill Berkowitz on the GOP’s successful redistricting.

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/secret-how-gop-has-lock-house-foreseeable-future

 

Nate Silver on the changes in voting districts resulting from gerrymandering — by both parties.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/as-swing-districts-dwindle-can-a-divided-house-stand/

 

Hope Yen reports on new non-white majority in US population.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/census-whites-no-longer-majority-us-2043

 

Charles Blow on the preferences in 1-party states.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/opinion/blow-lincoln-liberty-and-two-americas.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Naomi Wolf on the corrupted voting system of the US.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/03/cure-america-corruptible-voting-system

 

ALEC-sponsored laws in several states could not only restrict voters but also international observers.

http://www.nationofchange.org/broken-us-system-needs-watching-international-election-observers-could-face-arrest-1352044993

 

Chris Hedges defends his decision to vote Green.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_I’m_voting_green_20121029/64

 

Third parties have played complex roles in US politics. In recent years, as the role of money has constricted issues faced by the two main parties, the role of additional parties becomes more apparent.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Third-Party-Nominees-Highl-by-Martha-Rosenberg-121024-724.html

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Now-That-Was-a-Debate-by-David-Swanson-121024-953.html

 

Khalil Abdullah argues for constitutional amendment to protect voter rights.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/12093-advocate-new-constitutional-amendment-needed-to-protect-the-right-to-vote

 

Conservatives complaining about international monitors at US polling places.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/263141-international-monitors-at-polling-places-draw-criticism-from-voter-fraud-group

 

UN commission headed by Kofi Annan is very critical of current US election procedures.

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/319-67/13464-us-election-system-criticized-by-un-commission

 

Saul Landau and Nelson Valdes describe PRI election fraud/stealing in Mexico and wonder if they have learned from us or we from them.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32453.htm

 

Jimmy Carter: “…we have one of the worst election processes in the world right in the United States of America, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money.”

http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/13447-jimmy-carter-citizens-united-financial-corruption-threaten-democracy

 

Voter fraud? Voter suppression! MediaMatters surveys the coverage.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/09/10/research-backs-up-voter-suppression-claims-but/189823

 

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman summarize their new book on the ways this election is likely to be stolen.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32376.htm

 

Voter fraud? One more instance of solutions to non-problems? Or a brilliantly-conceived way to lower voting levels that will have known and predictable effects, ideologically, on outcomes?

http://www.iwatchnews.org/politics/who-can-vote

 

Eugene Robinson on the GOP policy to reduce number of voters.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/10256-the-gops-crime-against-voters

 

PACs and Super PACs are one way that money corrupts te electoral process. But the use of tax-exempt groups reduces even the little transparency that they possess. “During the 2010 midterm elections, tax-exempt groups outspent super PACs by a 3-to-2 margin”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/us/politics/groups-shield-political-gifts-of-businesses.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=print

 

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst ranks 12 states’ failing grades on reforming public education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/studentsfirst-issues-low-ratings-on-school-policies.html?ref=todayspaper

 

The Khan Academy.  Pauline  Smiley interviews Salman Khan on his new book The One World Schoolhouse.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/educator-salman-khan/?show=15679

 

Chicago Tribune reports on Chicago mayor’s plan to replace impoverished schools with charter schools.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-teachers-strike-school-closings-20120911,0,5041684.story

 

NEA stands behind striking Chicago teachers in their insistence upon improving learning.

http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/NEA-President-Van-Roekel-S-in-General_News-120913-666.html

 

Stephen Lendman exposes the corporate bias of MSM when it comes to public education and the Chicago strike.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Corporate-Media-s-War-on-P-by-Stephen-Lendman-120913-718.html

 

Rebecca Mead’s perceptive post in The New Yorker about demonizing public school teachers.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/09/american-teachers.html

 

Chicago teachers strike against corporatization of public education

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/09/10-1

 

David Swanson defends the Chicago teachers’ defense of public education and reminds of the connection between the 1 percent and the allocations of US monies.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/11550-funding-teachers-doesnt-get-embassies-attacked

 

Henry Giroux paraphrases his new book in defending the Chicago teachers’ strike. He sees it as an essential rejection

of the neo-liberal corporatization and militarization of public education. “ [T]eachers are the major resource for what

it means to establish the conditions for education to be linked to critical learning rather than training, to embrace a

vision of democratic possibility rather than a narrow instrumental notion of education, and to honor the specificity

and diversity of children’s lives rather than treat them as if such differences do not matter.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/11530-on-the-significance-of-the-chicago-teachers-strike-bearing-witness-to-and-challenging-democracys-demise

 

The now-concluded Chicago Teachers Union strike could set a pattern for resistance to the undercutting of public

education financed by 1 percenters’ monies permeating both political parties. This was resistance “from below”

that worked. YouTube has many speeches if you search “Karen Lewis.” Watch the May 23 rally for an example

of what it took for this union president to win the fight against a neo-liberal mayor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i4pdwJWNtY

 

Ken Butigan lists lessons from the Chicago teachers’ strike.

http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/63-63/13596-chicago-teachers-strike-offers-a-street-level-lesson-in-democracy

 

School segregation by race, ethnicity, class. “Extreme segregation is becoming more common.” Motoko Rich’s story reminds us of the implications. Shocking but hardly surprising new study.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/education/segregation-prominent-in-schools-study-finds.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Texan GOP anti-intellectualism (no doubt unknowingly) speaks Orwellian. “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.”

(page 20, Republican Party of Texas, 2012). And the, getting more specific “Controversial Theories – We support

objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.”

http://truth-out.org/news/item/10144-texas-gop-declares-no-more-teaching-of-critical-thinking-skills-in-texas-public-schools

 

New national science-teaching standards — but then there’s Texas. “…it is unlikely that the state that educates almost

one-tenth of American public school students will be following the national lead on science education.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/us/texas-classrooms-are-unlikely-to-adopt-new-common-science-standards-soon.html?ref=todayspaper

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst ranks 12 states’ failing grades on reforming public education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/education/studentsfirst-issues-low-ratings-on-school-policies.html?ref=todayspaper

 

The Khan Academy.  Pauline  Smiley interviews Salman Khan on his new book The One World Schoolhouse.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/educator-salman-khan/?show=15679

 

Chicago Tribune reports on Chicago mayor’s plan to replace impoverished schools with charter schools.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-teachers-strike-school-closings-20120911,0,5041684.story

 

NEA stands behind striking Chicago teachers in their insistence upon improving learning.

http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/NEA-President-Van-Roekel-S-in-General_News-120913-666.html

 

Stephen Lendman exposes the corporate bias of MSM when it comes to public education and the Chicago strike.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Corporate-Media-s-War-on-P-by-Stephen-Lendman-120913-718.html

 

Rebecca Mead’s perceptive post in The New Yorker about demonizing public school teachers.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/09/american-teachers.html

 

Chicago teachers strike against corporatization of public education

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/09/10-1

 

David Swanson defends the Chicago teachers’ defense of public education and reminds of the connection between the 1 percent and the allocations of US monies.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/11550-funding-teachers-doesnt-get-embassies-attacked

 

Henry Giroux paraphrases his new book in defending the Chicago teachers’ strike. He sees it as an essential rejection

of the neo-liberal corporatization and militarization of public education. “ [T]eachers are the major resource for what

it means to establish the conditions for education to be linked to critical learning rather than training, to embrace a

vision of democratic possibility rather than a narrow instrumental notion of education, and to honor the specificity

and diversity of children’s lives rather than treat them as if such differences do not matter.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/11530-on-the-significance-of-the-chicago-teachers-strike-bearing-witness-to-and-challenging-democracys-demise

 

The now-concluded Chicago Teachers Union strike could set a pattern for resistance to the undercutting of public

education financed by 1 percenters’ monies permeating both political parties. This was resistance “from below”

that worked. YouTube has many speeches if you search “Karen Lewis.” Watch the May 23 rally for an example

of what it took for this union president to win the fight against a neo-liberal mayor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i4pdwJWNtY

 

Ken Butigan lists lessons from the Chicago teachers’ strike.

http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/63-63/13596-chicago-teachers-strike-offers-a-street-level-lesson-in-democracy

 

School segregation by race, ethnicity, class. “Extreme segregation is becoming more common.” Motoko Rich’s story reminds us of the implications. Shocking but hardly surprising new study.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/education/segregation-prominent-in-schools-study-finds.html?ref=todayspaper

 

Texan GOP anti-intellectualism (no doubt unknowingly) speaks Orwellian. “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.”

(page 20, Republican Party of Texas, 2012). And the, getting more specific “Controversial Theories – We support

objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.”

http://truth-out.org/news/item/10144-texas-gop-declares-no-more-teaching-of-critical-thinking-skills-in-texas-public-schools

 

New national science-teaching standards — but then there’s Texas. “…it is unlikely that the state that educates almost

one-tenth of American public school students will be following the national lead on science education.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/us/texas-classrooms-are-unlikely-to-adopt-new-common-science-standards-soon.html?ref=todayspaper