I would have liked to re-post this entire article but permission is required, so I am including the link for you to read yourself along with a few excerpts to peak your interest.
This is one of those believe-it-or-not moments. If anyone researchs the veracity of this report and finds it is not true, I will be glad to share that research.
With regard to critical thinking, the Republican Party of Texas document states: "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." (page 20, Republican Party of Texas, 2012).