The Washingon Post noted that the 2012 Party of Texas platform supported:
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.
The Texas GOP chair explained that they weren't against critical thinking, but against Outcome-Based Education which they argue is relabeled as critical thinking.
Some fear "outcome-based education" could be used by instructors to steer students towards a specific view of subjects from economic policy to social issues.
"An argument could be made that 'outcome-based education' actually causes children to think less," Munisteri said. "Because what it does is give them the goals and the conclusions first and teaches those, as opposed to traditional methods where you give kids the facts and information so they make their own conclusions."
Is any political party against teaching critical thinking in schools?
Why do they oppose teaching critical thinking?