Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Texas Board Votes To Cut Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller From History Courses

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Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 07:28

The Texas Board of Education moves to take Hillary Clinton out of the history curriculum in the state's public schools. Those leaders include Clinton, Sandra Day O'Connor, Thurgood Marshall, and Andrew Carnegie.

For their part, the Texas Board of Education asserts that they are simply following the advice of the workgroup, which ranked Clinton and other deleted historical figures against a rubric to determine whether they are "essential" to learning about history, as part of an effort to ensure kids do not have to memorize too many names and dates. And third-grade social studies teachers have long taught students about Keller's life of activism.

The Dallas News reports that the criteria "asked questions like, "Did the person trigger a watershed change"; "Was the person from an underrepresented group"; and 'Will their impact stand the test of time?'" She graduated from college and became an author despite being deaf and blind.

The precursory decision doesn't ban teachers from using the historical figures in class, it only means it is not mandatory. Keller scored a 7 out of 20.

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In addition, the board voted to add famed evangelist Billy Graham back to the curriculum following his death in February. What the BOE voted to keep in the state curriculum: references to "Judeo-Christian values" and "a requirement that students explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East", per the Morning News. Some historical figures received a flawless 20 score.

"Definitely didn't cut enough and I said it several times in the meeting this is an injustice its absolutely a disservice to our teachers and to our students because we are putting upon them very high expectations that reasonable humans can not meet", Perez said. There also are no plans at this time to update textbooks or other teaching materials, so any mention of them in these documents will remain.

"Military and first responders are best represented", the state's Board of Education's advisory committee recommended prior to a vote on the change Friday.

The final vote will come in November. Also recommended for deletion but still kept in by the board: references to the "heroism" of defenders of the Alamo, which is problematic because those men were fighting, in part, for the right to practice slavery.

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