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Three data points related to critical thinking

[1] Our class’s approach: “Thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, ideologies, implications, and practical consequences.” 

[2] “Beyond Critical Thinking”: “Critical thinking has so thoroughly colonized our idea of education that we tend to think it’s the only kind of thinking.” (American Conservative)

[3] Texas GOP Platform, 2012:

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.