The latest article causing a self-righteous kerfuffle in the ever-outraged teacher blogosphere is this one: a group of students met with a Texas state senator to discuss school vouchers, and the exchange became combative.
The usual suspects are scolding the senator for his tone, and praising the students for being so well prepared for the meeting. However, this one line in the article makes me very worried: “They were given articles to review about private school vouchers before meeting with the senator.”
I have some questions about this:
- Which articles were given to the students?
- Were they taught to analyze and evaluate those sources, or just to absorb the ideas in them?
- Were materials representing both sides of the issue provided?
- Were the students encouraged to question the motives of their own teachers in this situation or not?
But I think we all know the answers. And thus we see the death of critical thinking.
A PTA mom quoted in the article said that the event was not an ambush, but clearly, it was.