UPDATE: The Texas Republican Party is now trying to back track on their stand against thinking. This is the official excuse from Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Communications Director Chris Elam:
The chairman of the Education Subcommittee indicated that it was an oversight of the committee, that the plank should not have included ‘critical thinking skills’ after ‘values clarification. And it was not the intent of the subcommittee to present a plank that would have indicated that the RPT in any way opposed the development of critical thinking skills.Make no mistake about it, this IS what they think. The only mistake they made was actually putting out there on the Internet. Apparently they still haven't quite caught on to that one yet. This is really made obvious in their hatred for Mediamatters and sites like the Huffington Post or the Daily Koz. They were counting on only other regressives seeing it, and the fact most seniors [their strongest demographic] don't use the Internet much.