1818: From Thomas Jefferson’s commissioner’s report for the University of Virginia:
The objects of this primary education determine its character and limits. These objects would be:
To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business.
To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts, and accounts in writing.
To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties.
To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either.
To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment.
And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed.
2012: From the education platform of the Republican Party of Texas
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. 

1818: From Thomas Jefferson’s commissioner’s report for the University of Virginia:

The objects of this primary education determine its character and limits. These objects would be:

  • To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business.
  • To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts, and accounts in writing.
  • To improve, by reading, his morals and faculties.
  • To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either.
  • To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor, and judgment.
  • And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed.

2012: From the education platform of the Republican Party of Texas

  • 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.