Legislators miss value of critical thinking, USCA educators say

By Rob Novit A week ago, several S.C. House members voted in committee to financially penalize USC Upstate and the College of Charleston for requiring specific books that the legislators objected to. On Tuesday, Dr. Andrew Geyer leaned back at his desk – a USCA English professor surrounded, of course, by books. The first-year students also are required to continue exploring the book in a one-semester, one-hour class, said Geyer, the program coordinator. The legislators specifically complained about gay themes in the books used by the Spartanburg and Charleston universities – that they are intended to promote an agenda. That is not the mission in any way, Geyer said. There’s a reason USCA’s one-hour class is called “Critical Inquiry.” “If you look at the things employers are looking for, the top one or two are critical thinking and writing ability, and the class addresses that,” he said. “Why can’t there be a separation between education and state? Tax breaks and tradition are poor reasons to perpetuate the fallacy that government know best in terms of education.” Read the entire article here: http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140226/AIK0101/140229541

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