Texas hold'em: what are they thinking?!?

re: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/texas-republican-party-2012-platform-education_n_1632097.html

Wow. I have to agree with Arne Duncan on this one:

In March, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Bloomberg he felt “very, very badly” for Texas students.

However, feeling very, very badly for someone never really helped them out, I don’t think. What is he going to do about those bad feelings? I mean, I feel very, very badly for the taxpayers and parents in Texas, but my bad feelings do not amount to a hill a nano-particles in terms of easing their pain.

The irony is written into the Republican Party’s own “principles” [*gag*]:

PRINCIPLES

We, the 2012 Republican Party of Texas, believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders to uphold these truths through acknowledgement and action. We believe in:
  1. Strict adherence to the original intent of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. and Texas Constitutions.
  2. The sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death.
  3. Preserving American and Texas Sovereignty and Freedom.
  4. Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.
  5. Personal Accountability and Responsibility.
  6. Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
  7. Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.
  8. Americans having the right to be safe in their homes, on their streets, and in their communities,and the unalienable right to defend themselves.
  9. A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.
  10. Honoring all of those that serve and protect our freedom.
  11. “The laws of nature and nature’s God” as our Founding Fathers believed.

Right. Whatever dude. Perhaps Texas Republicans should try practicing what they preach. I must have missed the part where “white washing” and being a hypocrite was codified.

What am I going to do about this? I am going to pursue “critical thinking” for our local education system as much as I can, and make sure I instill it in my family to my utmost ability. I might fail, or I might do a lackluster job. But I am not going to wave my draconian scepter around and bang people over the head with it. Instead of telling people what is best for them, I will listen. And yes, there are problems even with that intent and that approach. I intend to learn about those problems as an exercise in being reflective and adaptive.