It’s been all over the blogsphere, but somehow I’ve missed until today that Texas Republicans are seeking to outlaw teaching “higher order critical thinking” in that state's public schools.
In case you’re a bit surprised, too, I want to emphasize that you read it right. They want a law that teachers can’t help students think clearly and rationally. See, in Texas, clear thinking – the ability to distinguish between facts and opinions, for example, or the ability to think logically – is perceived as dangerous. So why haven't I noticed this before?
Perhaps I’ve been comatose. Or perhaps the major news networks, and the New York Times, (which kinda-sorta mentioned the brouhaha in its opinion pages, like here, but not, that I’m aware of, in the news pages, much less the front page) ….perhaps they’ve all been snoozing.
However, you can read all about it here, here, here, and here, for openers. Read it and groan. For those of you who simply prefer a sound bite, let me commend to you the last line on this topic from a blog post on Wonkette:
“Texas Republicans promise they’ll nip that thinky-learny shit right in the bud.”