See, and this is about where my status of a Republican and the Texas idea of a Republican might diverge just a wee bit. Take a look at a party platform point from the Texas Republican Party.
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.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about a party platform that expresses the desire for stupidity. I’m still trying to figure out how critical thinking impacts parental authority, and how students are supposed to maintain certain fixed beliefs throughout the entirety of their childhood. While most of the world is trying to promote a much more intelligent species of human, Texas is trying to stuff as many people in the Delorean as possible and bring it, along with Marty McFly, to 1955. God knows the world needs more McCarthyism, more subservient women, and more lame denials that everyone drank, listened to rock n’ roll, and hid the first Playboys under their beds.
Obviously the Doc wasn’t from Texas either because the car isn’t a Ford or Chevy, or a pick-up for that matter, and the ability to create the flux capacitor wouldn’t happen from a Texas student because those students would just say “yes sir” and “no sir” while trying to be the starting quarterback on the local football team and avoiding the pretty girl in the whip cream bikini who was trying to seduce them.
Don’t bitch at me about Texas stereotypes. The Texas Republican Party might need the brunt of your anger.