This is based on the Texas Republican Party’s 2012 Platform, excerpts from which you can read here.
The Texas GOP Weighs in on Higher Order Thinking Skills
A magician (or a fancy waiter with a lot of flair)
yanks a tablecloth in one fluid motion.
Audiences gasp, convinced
the silver and china will be casualties
of this man’s caprice.
But that’s not the trick,
and our man is to be commended–
everything remains in place just so,
only a little lower.
I am neither waiter nor magician,
but a teacher; even so,
I take no joy in having to explain
the more obvious metaphors.
So ponder, please, (though of course not critically);
I’ll cut to the candid:
“Challenging the student’s fixed beliefs”
is my life’s calling,
not because I don’t respect them,
but because I think that someone should.
I am a teacher, and this is what I do.
Oppose this work,
and I am a revolutionary, too.