Necessary Condition

Texas GOP’s 2012 Platform Opposes Teaching “Critical Thinking Skills”


The Republican Party of Texas’s 2012 platform has a plank on “Knowledge-Based Education” that reads:

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.

It also says, “[e]very Republican is responsible for implementing this platform.” They say it was a mistake, but it will remain in place until 2014

Isn’t prohibiting dissent a necessary condition of Totalitarianism?