Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texas board of ed drops Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history classes

Texas board of ed drops Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history classes

- The Texas Board of Education on Friday voted to remove former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the state's social studies curriculum. A work group made its recommendations to the board based on a rubric it created on how "essential" it was to learn about certain historical figures. Bezos to reveal HQ2 location by year's end MORE and Helen Keller, from the state's social studies curriculum.

Helen Keller, the first blind and deaf person to become a college graduate, may also be removed from the mandatory list of historic figures taught at Texas schools if the proposal is approved at a final vote in November after a designated period of public response expires.

Teachers who are on the board that made the recommendation said that the number of historical figures that teachers are required to include in their curriculum is so lengthy that students end up memorizing names and dates instead of really learning anything about each of them. The group would ponder things like whether the historical figure triggered a watershed change or if he or she were from an underrepresented group.

Keller received seven points out of 20. Clinton only garnered 5 points while Keller earned 7 points. The group determined that removing the two women from the Texas curriculum will save about an hour and 10 minutes of teaching time.

The board voted to keep the reference to Judeo-Christian values and their impact on the shaping of the United States history and political discourse. Students will also continue to be required to explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East. There were others, too: a proposal to remove Thomas Jefferson from the Enlightenment curriculum and replace him with John Calvin; requiring capitalism to be referred to only as the "free enterprise system" (mostly because the word "capitalism" apparently is negatively perceived), and language that softened the despicable legacy of the late senator Joseph McCarthy.

According to the Dallas Morning News, figures who received a flawless score and will remain as past of the curriculum include lawyer Barbara Jordan, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, and former Texas governor Sam Houston.

Texas Monthly reported that board members had considered cutting a "value-laden" phrase about "all the heroic defenders who gave their lives" in the 1836 battle of the Alamo against Mexican soldiers in what was then Mexican Texas.

The preliminary vote held Friday was not final and amendments can still be submitted, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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